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Sequel a delight as expected

By Carmarthen Journal  |  Posted: July 17, 2013

THIS week I went to Vue in Carmarthen to watch the second instalment of the fantastic animated series Despicable Me.

After Despicable Me landed in 2010 and struck the hearts of many children and adults alike, a sequel didn't come as much of a surprise.

And being a huge fan of the first film I was very excited to check out Despicable Me 2.

I couldn't wait to watch funnyman Steve Carell transform into much loved super-villain Gru along with his army of yellow minion sidekicks.

The film tells the story of Gru disarming his villainy weapons and taking a walk down the straight and narrow pathway towards building his own jelly and jam business and turning into a super dad for Agnes, Margo and Edith.

This is until his plans of normality are squashed. His partner Doctor Nefario, voiced by Russell Brand, quits this new world of jelly and jam testing as he yearns to be bad.

Single father Gru begins to question his quieter life.

Then founder of the anti-villain league, Silas Ramsbottom, voiced by Steve Coogan, arrives on the scene armed with charismatic secret agent Lucy Wilde with a plan. They need an insider's help into the world of master villains, and with Gru's impressive history, they decide he is the perfect man for the job, much to his dismay.

Along the way all is not as it seems, and with Gru's attentions falling mainly on fatherhood and his overpowering attraction to fellow agent Lucy, everything is at risk and the root of all of his new- found happiness is suddenly threatened.

With such high expectations I wasn't left disappointed. The animation is the perfect choice for the school holidays as it would be impossible for youngsters to dislike the mayhem which ensues in this film. The colour-changing minions are the stars of this movie, just as they were first time round, filling any gaps with comic relief.

They certainly scored the lions' share of audience laughter, and no doubt their spin-off film will be a huge success. Overall it's a thoroughly entertaining film which will definitely keep the little ones entertained and cause parents to let out a few giggles.

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