Despicable Me 2 Has Arrived in Theaters

One of my favorite animated comedy films from 2010 is Despicable Me, with the lead character, Gru, voiced by Steve Carell (The Office, Crazy, Stupid Love). The story by Sergio Pablos made into a screenplay by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio was a fantastic hit with critics and audiences when theatrically released, then followed up by the highly successful Blu-ray, DVD and digital download that had first-day sales of nearly $25 million on December 14th of the same year. Was I crazy anxious for the new Despicable Me 2 in theaters July 3rd? You bet and I am not one bit disappointed! I love it and I know other Gru and minion fans will be happy too.

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Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s 3D-CG comedy adventure, Despicable Me 2 is helmed once again by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud with Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio writing the new comedy adventure featuring a somewhat retired super-villain, Gru (Carell), in domesticated bliss with his three daughters, the multiple Minions with personalities beyond compare and his business partner, Dr. Nefario (voiced again by Russell Brand).

Kristen Wiig voiced Miss Hattie in 2010, but in the new film, she voices a new character, Lucy, who starts out as a business partner but the viewer slowly sees a connection develop between the single Dad and the slender, witty, dart-throwing agent. I loved her character! Not far behind in the “favorite character” category is a new addition, Eduardo/El Macho (voiced by Benjamin Bratt). Although the body size of the character is totally different from the handsome actor, Bratt’s distinguishable voice shines through and I loved how he gave life to this fellow with a dual life. Of course he loves his pet pollito too. When Eduardo’s son Antonio (voiced by Moises Arias- The Kings of Summer) starts to take over the attention of Gru’s eldest daughter, Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), viewers will see a side of the former villian we had not seen in a while and many parents will relate.

Fans will not be disappointed with the story, the performances and of course, the loveable Minions with the fantastic animation and visual effects.

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Universal Pictures launched a video with the popular song by Pitbull, Que No Pare la Fiesta and another of his fun songs in the film is Echa pa’llá (Manos Pa’rriba). The Despicable Me 2 soundtrack is now available featuring the new song Happy by Pharrell Williams and can be downloaded on iTunes or purchased on Amazon.

Get thee to the theater with your families this holiday weekend! It is totally worth every penny of entertainment on the big screen. Enjoy!

Liz Lopez

Rating A+

Source: Universal and Illumination Entertainment

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