At The Movies This Week, 28th June 2013
At The Movies
Despicable Me 2 ★★★★★
Director: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Benjamin Bratt, Ken Jeong, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Nasmin Pedrad
“Despicable Me “was a hit in 2010 with big box office returns that it was inevitable there would be a follow-up.
Gru is enlisted by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a new and powerful super criminal that has come to town. Enter Kristen Wiig’s Lucy Wilde, an agent for the Anti-Villain League whose kookiness brings her to the attention of Gru. The arrival of the new villain brings them together.
Full of loveable characters; laugh out loud moments and brilliant dialogue. The animation is very colourful and vibrant and there are some brilliant set pieces. There’s also plenty of wit and humour throughout the film.
The cast here are brilliant and the lovable Minions are perfect characters to raise a smile and get a laugh. The minions get even more screen time in this one that they did in the first film. It’s not often that a hit animated film’s sequel surpasses the original film but “Despicable Me 2” is one of those rare cases, it’s a fast paced film that’s continuously entertaining throughout the film.
World War Z ★★★
Director: Marc Forster
Cast: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox
World War Z is based on the 2006 novel by Max Brooks. The film begins with a day like any other, with parents Gerry (Brad Pitt) and Karen (Mireille Enos) trying to get the kids to school, but then they hit a traffic jam and hysteria kicks in almost immediately as a swarm of undead people hit the streets of Philadelphia.
What they then discover is that a plague has hit America and threatens all of human existence. Around the world, cities are falling. Gerry is guaranteed refuge for his family but is coerced by his former boss at the United Nations to go out and find out where this all began – and how to end it.
“World War Z” offers surface level emotional stakes, yet it fails to make us care about anyone. There’s not a lot of gore for zombie fans to feast on but there are lots of intense moments instead. The hordes of zombies allow for some truly spectacular action scenes on a large scale.
“World War Z” is fast paced, full of action with brilliant CGI effects and there’s some fairly good acting especially from Brad Pitt in particular. However the film suffers from some bad scripting and a very poor ending. It’s a decent film but isn’t quite up there with the classics like “Dawn of the Dead”.