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Are you ready to meet Gru and the Minions?
Left: Gru and Lucy with the minions - Right: Party is over for the Minions - or is it just beginning?

The movie B]Despicable Me 2[/B], a sequel to the animated comedy of the same name, has taken over the cinemas by a storm. Gru and the girls Margo, Edith and Agnes are back with a few new characters and a brand new story with even better graphics.

For those who have not seen Despicable Me, you may want to rent it on DVD/Blu Ray and enjoy the equally loveable movie. But if you do not get the opportunity to watch it, there is no reason to despair as all you need to know to watch the sequel is that the story is based on a villainous character named "Gru", who has been transformed into the extremely adored father "Mr. Gru" after adopting three orphaned girls.

Adorable Minions entertaining the children at a special movie screening

[A few spoilers ahead]

In the very first scene, an extremely potent and potentially threatening serum has been stolen mysteriously. Special agent "Lucy Wilde" from AVL (Anti-Villain League) has been assigned to a special mission to recruit Gru "who, being the most evil of villains, can think like one", and may be able to give a clue about where the serum might be hidden. However, Gru, now in the process of setting up a "jam and jellies" business, outright declines the offer when he is kidnapped by Lucy. Following the resignation of Dr. Nefario from Gru's employment to accept a more promising offer with someone else, Gru reluctantly agrees to work with Lucy. What follows are a series of new adventures in "Paradise Mall" (where the traces of the serum have been discovered) that Lucy and Gru are about to experience.

The three girls adore their father Gru and are looking for a suitable love interest, so they can finally have a mother and Lucy may be the 'one'. Lucy is smart and witty, a little clumsy but focused on getting the primary mission resolved. However, she also has another secret mission which seems more difficult than the first: to befriend Gru.

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The story develops with revealing new characters who may be suspects of stealing the serum. The very flamboyant Eduardo, who may be the evil "El Macho", could be a suspect, but he is also a very succesful Mexican restaurant owner and father of Margo's new crush. There is an absolutely adorable character called "El Pollito", a pet chicken, who is absolutely hilarious. The minions play a more significant role in this movie with their comical actions and make everyone laugh with their clever costumes and silly antics, adding to the craziness.

The minions are "min-napped" by the villain, who has an evil plan and injects them with the serum. The story unfolds predictably but not without making the audience laugh out loud. There are special references to Australia when Lucy finds a new mission 'down under', which I really enjoyed.

Blow-ups of the movie characters from Despicable Me 2

There are a few underlying questions that need to be resolved: will Gru be able to balance the responsibilities of being a father, while going on an undercover assignment? Will the evil serum-thief be found in time to foil his plans to take over the world? Will Gru finally find love and will his family become complete?

Despicable Me 2 is an adorably entertaining movie which will leave everyone laughing, perhaps even rolling on their tummies. The voice for Gru is played ingeniously by Steve Carrell. The dialogue is smart, crisp and witty, and that is what I enjoyed the most. When I asked my children which part was their favourite, they highlighted the scenes where the 3D effects were most vivid. The kids and I give the movie two thumbs up and five stars.

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A great movie and a real treat for kids and adults alike. Running time is 90 minutes. Rating is PG for crude humour and mild action.
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Why? Animated movie to be enjoyed by the whole family
When: Release date: 20th June 2013
Where: Theaters everywhere
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