There’s a lot rammed into this soapy sequel to Universal’s surprise 2010 hit. Where that film zapped superhero flicks with a convention-flipping ‘subversion ray’ to LOL-some effect, DM2 is about as straightforward as they come. As Gru goes undercover at a mall in search of an evil scientist who’s concocted a monster-making serum, there’s nary a hint of his former wicked humour, fatherhood seemingly having dulled his penchant for anarchy.
The minions give good mayhem and the twig-armed animation’s lovely. Despite the coolest submarine-car since Bond’s Lotus Esprit, though, Despicable Me 2 is light on gadgets – and surprises, too.