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Despicable Me 2

More minions. More despicable. 

Year: 2013 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC U Cert – Universal 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud 
Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand  
An image from Despicable Me 2

Gru is no longer a villain after saving his three adopted daughters Margo, Edith, and Agnes from Vector in the first film. At the start of this film he is a devoted father and is helped out by his army of babysitters, the minions. However, his calm and monotonous new life takes an unexpected turn when he is recruited by the Anti-Villain League and taken to their headquarters. The League is dedicated to fighting crime on a global scale and as Gru was once a villain himself, the League wants him to help them fight a new villain called Eduardo. With the help of Gru's assistant, Dr. Nefario, his minions, Margo, Edith, and Agnes, Gru must save the world, again.

The familiar voices of Steve Carell and Russell Brand return as Gru and his elderly gadget man Dr. Nefario, but there are many new voices to the sequel. Steve Coogan voices the head of the Anti-Villain League, Silas Ramsbottom, and Benjamin Bratt is the tough Mexican villain Eduardo. One of the greatest assets of the first film was its humour, which mostly came from Gru’s minions, the army of tiny yellow creatures who have their own language and love playing pranks on each other. The minions get more screen time in this sequel and are even more lovable (earning themselves their own prequel in 2014).

Despicable Me 2 maintains the quality and uniqueness of the first film, all the while including more action and humour. The voice cast is perfect, the minions adorable and the story more exciting than the first. It is definitely a must-see.

Olivia Lynch

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Screenings of this film:

2013/2014 Autumn Term (digital)
2013/2014 Autumn Term (digital)