Laughs are aplenty in Despicable Me 2

Undated Film Still Handout from Despicable Me 2. See PA Feature FILM Carell. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Carell.

Undated Film Still Handout from Despicable Me 2. See PA Feature FILM Carell. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Carell.

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Despicable Me 2 doesn’t quite attain the dizzy heights of the original and lacks some of the heart-tugging emotion but it’s a near miss.

The action sequences are bigger, including a James Bond-style opening sequence over the Arctic Circle, and the humour is just as silly.

Screenwriters Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul have realised that the Minions are the star attraction, scene-stealing with googly-eyed gusto, so the diminutive yellow sidekicks are pushed squarely to the fore in the second madcap mission.

They are firmly embedded in the main plot, almost elbowing Gru and his girls into the shadows, including the introduction of a new hybrid of Minion a la Gizmo and Strike in Gremlins that surely doubles the merchandising opportunities.

The film’s reliance on the Minions for almost every snigger and guffaw is noticeable and their charm starts to wear thin during the end credits, which shamelessly plugs the stand-alone Minions movie planned for next year.

Perhaps you can have too much of a good thing. Only time will tell.

Despicable Me 2 is out now in cinemas.