Never thought I’d miss Dr. Nefario.
Back in 2010, Illumination struck gold with Despicable Me – A movie about a villain with a zany plan to steal the moon and defeat his nemesis along the way. Couple that with 3 adorable little girls to humanize the character, a ragtag bunch of comic-relief followers who’d prove to be a marketing boon and you’ve got yourself a franchise. Just pump out movie after movie and watch the moolah flow in.
Which is exactly what the studio did. And is going to keep on doing.
Credit where its due, the makers did not get trapped in making mindlessly dull sequels filled with terrible slapstick humour (Minions being an exception). Each of these instalments have a heart and a simple story to tell. It’s the same this time around. Gru (Steve Carell) embarks on a journey to defeat a new nemesis – Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) with the help of Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) and his minions. The movie continues exploring familiar ‘family value’ themes so as not to come off as yet another forgettable film. Each character is given a role to execute – Gru dealing with his twin brother who has ravishing hair, Lucy dealing with motherly issues and the girls dealing with… finding a unicorn apparently. The minions happen to have the most interesting arc – losing faith in their boss. And dealing with it. To sum it up, it comes off disjointed because everyone has their own direction to go in.
In terms of antagonists, the franchise hasn’t peaked since Vector (Jason Segel) graced the screen in the first one. It keeps shifting focus to the protagonist and does just that in this one. Trey Parker is wasted in a role that should have been longer. The film suffers due to a lack of decent conflict between characters. More than half of the movie proceeds as a family drama with humour. Hard to pull it off if you aren’t Pixar or the movie’s not soundly scripted.
Expecting greatness is a moot point here. But goofy voice-acting, quirky dialogues and a truckload of yellow pill-shaped overalls-wearing henchmen ensures you’re guaranteed a good time at the movies.
Rating : 2.5/5