Struggling to find his niche after turning his back on being a villain and dedicating his life to being a good father to three maturing daughters, Gru (Steve Carell) finally gets his chance when the AVL come a knocking. The Anti-Villain League recruits Gru to partner up with agent Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig). They're on the hunt for the villain responsible for stealing a secret lab that was concocting a nasty serum that would be devastating to the world, should it fall into the wrong hands. Gru’s new role as “the good guy” while managing daughters, one of whom is just discovering boys and another is suffering the absence of a mother. Gru also has to battle the nosy neighbour who’s constantly trying to set him up on blind dates.
The most noticeable absence here is the comedy, with the animators choosing to fill the film with emotional moments over laughs. Instead, they put more pressure on the last film's runaway stars, the minions, to carry the giggles with their cuteness and slapstick ways. The end result is simply not enough. The storyline it a bit of a mess and convoluted for anyone old enough to try and follow it - leaving you to sit back in dismay with the realisation that the minions aren’t real.
While the story is a natural progression from the first, it’s also annoyingly cliché and predictable. For children ‘Despicable Me 2’ is satisfactory. For a discerning audience of animation lovers and “big kids”, it's sad to say the same cannot be said.