When I saw this movie in the theatre, I liked it better than the first one at first, but the more I think about it, I like this one a little less. I wasn't expecting to like it less though, since now there's a firm relationship with his three stepdaughters, and the party scene is quite a smile-maker. The beginning will also get you thinking; what sort of fruits are there in the world? Would it make jelly good? Then his life turns upside down when Dr. Nefario decides he can't put up with cooking up jelly for a job and quits to some other villain, and a crazy redhead who voiced Mrs. Hattie in the last film has to team up with Gru when a mutagen is stolen from the arctic using a giant magnetizing ship. Gru suspects it's a villain that some say past away in a fiery blaze and at the same time, all he can think about is Lucy herself, what Agnes and the minions think of her, and if little chum Avery is the right choice for Margo.
Now, when it comes to the minions in the first film, I had a mixed relationship with them. While certainly often annoying when they are trying to do anything other than work for Gru, it's also no wonder their innocence gave them their own spin-off Despicable Me prelude. Did you like the scene at the cupcake shop when one of the minions was imagining going across the bridge with Lucy? Well, I didn't, it was just too familiar. I then noticed that a lot of the movie was kind of derivative as well. Once again, there's proof that love-at-first-sight is dead, that someone has to decide whether to go back to being bad or staying good, I didn't enjoy the scenes with Gru trying to protect Margo, and so on. And sorry, I didn't like the finale song by the Minions. It tried to be satirically joyful but for me it was just tawdry. I enjoyed the action scene in the mall, and the one at the castle, but the final one just seemed to take the easy route and though the girls have their scene in the third act, I wish there was a bit more participation with them. But hey! It's safe to say that whenever it's nighttime, Despicable Me 2 is mature enough about adult relationships. Kudos there. It's still funny. I just didn't laugh as much as I wanted to.
You know something, though? I think the trailer is one of the reasons I wasn't looking forward to the film. Bee-do Bee-do isn't funny the second time you hear it and I heard it all over the place.