Reviewer Gavin Miller gives his verdict on the summer’s ‘must-see sequel’...
Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig should breathe a big sigh of relief – and thank those Minions for justifying their pay packets.
After the terrific first movie, the sequel owes virtually all its moments of hilarity to Gru’s (Carell) little yellow sidekicks – with a big helping of cuteness from Gru’s youngest adopted daughter Agnes (Elsie Fisher) – which will still make this high on a family’s summer must-see list.
Top-heavy ex-bad guy Gru is getting used to his new life with his three daughters – roducing eye-watering jam with Dr Nefario (Russell Brand) – when he is crudely recruited by the anti-villain league (headed by Steve Coogan’s Silas Ramsbottom) to track down a new criminal, by working undercover in a mall bakery with agent Lucy Wilde (Bridesmaids’ actress Wiig).
Sadly Wiig’s character is an extremely annoying (and unfunny) addition who restricts Gru to the odd gag, and virtually leaves the Minions to provide all the comic relief.
Fortunately they’re fantastic, culminating in a tear-inducing rendition of All-4-One’s 1994 hit ‘I Swear’ – which is worth the cinema admission alone.
Bar that, the franchise has artistically taken one step back – but will undoubtedly take one giant leap forward at the box-office after the popularity of the first film.