When Mumsnet advertised the chance attend a special showing of Despicable Me 2 I really wanted to submit my application with
"Me, me, me, please let us come, we'll love you forever, Despicable Me is our family favourite and we all think it's totally cool and it'll be an event to remember forever and it'll make Father's Day perfect for my partner because he adores it".Thankfully I actually submitted a far more sane and sensible application, and we were chosen as one of the successful families for the Manchester Printworks showing.
|Incredibly excited - he didn't want to stand still for a photo!|
Mumsnet had arranged a real spectacular, with balloon-modelling, colouring sheets, a chance to try out the Despicable Me Minion Rush game app (available to download free for Android and IOS) and a 'meet and greet' with two real life minions!
|Competitive Dad getting the new high score!|
|The balloon-modellers were fantastic!|
|Balloon 'Carl ~ the One-Eyed Minion'|
|Boy no.4 thought the live minions were a bit scary at first|
There are the familiar mix of jokes for children and other jokes which go over the children's heads and make the adults chuckle, the fabulous soundtrack headed by the heavy basslines of Pharrell Williams, and the brilliant characters voiced by the likes of Steve Carrell, Ken Jeong and Russell Brand.
The film has a lovely pace, with no 'boring bits' to lose the interest of the younger audience. There is always something going on, the minions making a joke or falling over in the background, children playing at the side of the screen or funny faces being pulled.
The story is very easy to follow, the language usually very simple and accompanied by very descriptive visuals, so even my 3 year old can now tell you the entire story start to finish.
This is as good a sequel to any movie as you can ever hope for. It doesn't disappoint and there is nothing forced about the storyline whatsoever. It introduces interesting new characters and plotlines, but still has all of the old favourites - including the multitudes of minions!
|Still not entirely trusting the live minions!|
We all loved it, we'll no doubt have the Blu-ray within days of it's release and it'll get as much play as the first movie has done. A definite 5/5, I can't wait to see it again!
If you are a fan of Lego then we have made our own Minion from Lego and have the instructions for you to make your own here...
We were lucky enough to be picked from the applicants to Mumsnet for this early showing. Mumsnet is a free online group offering support, advice and discussion for parents and other people who care for children.