Despicable Me 2 (Blu-ray)
Universal / 2013 / 98 mins / PG
Watching DESPICABLE ME 2 reminded me an awful lot of watching another sequel to an animated smash hit, SHREK 2. Neither of those original films needed a sequel; both SHREK and DESPICABLE ME told excellent and well-rounded stories. Those stories came complete with a perfect and completely wrapped up conclusion. There was no more story to tell. It was all said in the first film. Anything else would feel extraneous, labored, forced. And while both SHREK 2 and DESPICABLE ME 2 have that "this is what happens after happily ever after" aftertaste to them, DESPICABLE ME 2 has one very important component that makes you not really care about whatever the main story is about: MINIONS!!
As we pick up the story of once super villain now not-so-much villain Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), he has been recruited into the Anti-Villain League by the lovable and wildly crazed agent Lucy Wilde (voiced by Kristen Wiig) to track down the person who stole a dangerous compound that can transform things into giant, evil versions of themselves. They know the compound is somewhere in a shopping mall and Gru and Lucy go undercover to find the culprit. Meanwhile, Gru's oldest daughter Margo (voiced by Miranda Cosgrove) has her first crush on a boy whose father may or may not be the super-villain El Macho and the minions start disappearing!
For the adult audience, DESPICABLE ME 2 is a mildly amusing (with some gut-busting-ly funny Minion moments) follow up, but it wasn't really made for the adult audience. For the child audience, this is the MUST SEE RIGHT NOW movie of the year. It is fast paced, joke packed fun from start to finish that kids will love with all their hearts. From the out-of-this-world gadgets Gru has in his endless arsenal to the almost Dr. Seussian world he and the characters live in, DESPICABLE ME 2 is the one sure-fire stocking stuffer of the holiday season.
The anamorphic 1.85 transfer is as bright, sharp and beautiful as you would expect from a major animated release from major Hollywood studio. Not a flaw or weak spot to be found anywhere.
Likewise, the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track is lively, action-packed and always on the move. Even scenes that are relatively silent have something going on in the far distance. Pop this disc on the ever increasing pile of reference quality blu-rays to show and be dazzled by.
The supplement package starts off with a commentary track with directors Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin which is fun and informative, but not as enjoyable as…
"Mini-Movies!" Yes, we get three more movies starring the Minions, "Puppy," "Panic in the Mailroom" and "Training Wheels" all introduced by Gru! We even get a "Making of the Mini-Movies" featurette! Joy!!
The rest of the supplements are short and on the fluffy/promotional side of things:
"Gru's Girls" is the longest of these (at 6 minutes) and features the entire cast looking at how the little mischief makers from the first film have grown and evolved.
"A Gru-some Transformation" is almost a continuation of the above short looking at how our main character has changed.
"The Minions" and "Evil Minions" look at… well… the Minions.
"El Hombre Malo" focuses on this films' villain.
"Gadgets Galore" is self-explanatory.
A single "Deleted Scene" rounds out the goodies.