Archvillain turns spy in animated sequel

Despicable Me 2 - Gru (voiced by Steve Carrell) and Lucy Wilde (voiced by Kristen Wiig).  PA Photo/UPI Media.

Despicable Me 2 - Gru (voiced by Steve Carrell) and Lucy Wilde (voiced by Kristen Wiig). PA Photo/UPI Media.

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Directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud deliver more warm-hearted thrills and slapstick spills in their action-packed sequel.

Despicable Me 2 doesn’t quite attain the dizzy heights of the 2010 original computer-animated adventer.

It also lacks some of the heart-tugging emotion and warmth that epitomised Gru’s journey from cackling arch-villain to surrogate father.

But young audiences won’t care a jot because the action sequences are bigger, including a James Bond-style opening sequence, and the humour is just as silly.

Despicable Me 2 begins shortly after events of the original with Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) living in unconventional domestic bliss with his girls. He has turned his back on skulduggery and now devotes his subterranean bunker to the production of jams and jellies under the supervision of technical genius Dr Nefario (Russell Brand).

When a new threat to global peace emerges, Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) from The Anti-Villain League stuns Gru with her lipstick taser and pressgangs him into working for the good guys to uncover the mastermind responsible for the theft of a top secret serum.