“Despicable Me 2” blew away the competition over July 4th weekend, and there’s a clear reason why: minions. Little, yellow and very different, these unintelligible (yet understandable) nearly-identical pills steal the show yet again — and this time, the writers let them.
While the plot of “Despicable Me 2” is endearingly adorable — Gru’s reformed bad-guy/doting father ways are cute and Kristen Wiig is funny as his love interest — it is a bit thin. By the end of the movie, it’s clear the focus of the film is more about the minions than Gru and his family, with their onscreen time probably around 70 percent. And that’s the point, really.
If you stick around for the end credits, you get the reason the “Despicable Me” sequel is so minion-focused: Universal is already producing the franchise spin-off, called “Minions,” for release during the 2014 holiday season. Deadline reports that both Jon Hamm and Oscar winner Sandra Bullock have already been signed to provide the lead villain voices. That gives the credits for “Despicable Me 2” a bit more context; they are a blatant pre-commercial for the spin-off, with three of the minions holding “Minion Movie Auditions.”
Still, we stayed for the credits, because, hey, more minions.