Annecy 2013 – Day 3

Another 3D film, another pair of temperamental 3D glasses!? Are you fucking kidding me?! OK… take a breath. And let’s move on…

Dispicable Me 2 was made in France, and there was a definite buzz in the theatre that I haven’t seen in any other screening. Producers Janet Healy and Christopher Meledandri were there along with directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud to introduce the movie. I really want to say such nice things about Despicable Me 2. I love the characters. I love the premise. I want to tell you to rush out and buy advance tickets for it now. Sadly I can’t. It pains me to say this, but the script just wasn’t up to scratch on this one.

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I’ll put aside the fairly minor plot holes and focus on the biggest problem – the climax of the movie was a huge disappointment. A secondary character who had about 5 minutes of screen time (if you’re lucky) turns up in act 3 with a magic solution that pretty much saves the day. This is lazy screenwriting. The hero must save the day. Preferably using some skill or knowledge that they didn’t have at the beginning of the story. It just felt way too easy for Gru. That said, I have no doubt that the movie will do well theatrically. It is funny enough and entertaining enough that families will enjoy it. And the animation in Despicable Me 2 is superb. Illumination Entertainment did a tremendous job… it’s just a shame it was let down by the poor script. As for the shorts in competition today, the only thing that really stood out for me was History of Pets by Kris Genijn from The Netherlands. It tells the tale of the tragic fate of the narrators childhood pets. I really liked the style of the animation Genijn used here, and it was funny as hell. It certainly was a breath of fresh air when compared to some of the weird experimental shit I saw today.
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