A Filmster Double Quickie: Despicable Me 2 & The Lone Ranger

despicable me 2

Release Date: July 3, 2013

Watched: July 3, 2013

Review: July 8, 2013

Director: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt

The Filmster Rating:

Grand Rating

Synopsis: While Gru, the ex-supervillain is adjusting to family life and an attempted honest living in the jam business, a secret Arctic laboratory is stolen. The Anti-Villain League decides it needs an insider’s help and recruits Gru in the investigation. Together with the eccentric AVL agent, Lucy Wilde, Gru concludes that his prime suspect is the presumed dead supervillain, El Macho, whose his teenage son is also making the moves on his eldest daughter, Margo. Seemingly blinded by his overprotectiveness of his children and his growing mutual attraction to Lucy, Gru seems on the wrong track even as his minions are being quietly kidnapped en masse for some malevolent purpose. – IMDb

Review: Despicable Me 2 is a fast paced, funny, feel good film that keeps you and your kids entertained from beginning to end. It has many laugh out loud moments and a great mix of children and adult humor. Steve Carell again does a brilliant job voicing Gru, who is likable as ever. But the minions however are the main stars, they are the ones who bring you most of the laughs throughout the film. A drawback for the film is that the girls take a bit of a back seat but Edith still brings that charm that you love. The visuals of the film were great and the action sequences were a lot of fun to watch. So far, Despicable Me 2 definitely challenges Monster University for best animation of the year, but I think it falls a bit short. Either way, a great animation film for anyone to enjoy.

Blogger’s Thoughts

“It’s an amusing film, but doesn’t quite tug the heart-strings like the first one did, and certainly has a less worthy plot. It will still provide an afternoon of family fun for parents looking to entertain their kids, but I think that’s about all it delivers.” – Fogs’ Movie Reviews

“It lacks the originality that gave the first movie a lot of its charm, but Despicable Me 2 still contains enough of the best aspects of its predecessor to make it a great option for every age bracket.” – Rorschach Reviews

“Maybe these aren’t the types of movies for me and maybe something in my head just isn’t as gentle and sweet as this material calls on me to be, but Despicable Me 2 still feels like an obvious retread of the original, with few or less surprises along the way.” – Dan The Man’s Movie Reviews

the lone ranger

Release Date: July 3, 2013

Watched: July 5, 2013

Review: July 8, 2013

Director: Gore Verbinski

Starring: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner

The Filmster Rating:

Satisfactory Rating

Synopsis: “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice-taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption. – Rotten Tomatoes

Review: The Lone Ranger is an overly long film with its typical blockbuster action and humor from time to time, that will leave you somewhat satisfied. The Lone Ranger was unnecessarily too long, especially the beginning when establishing the Lone Ranger’s story. The narration with the boy in the beginning of the film was unnecessary and out-of-place throughout the film. It will definitely entertain you with all the big action sequences and it does impress. The comedy of the film was brought by how goofy the hero characters were especially Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger. Johnny Depp takes another weird character role and doesn’t disappoint. He was the sidekick but happened to be the star of the film, probably do to the fact that Armie Hammer isn’t on Depp’s star level. The villains were cartoonish and the story predictable. The Lone Ranger is way too long but it does entertain, but it is a forgettable film as soon as you leave the cinema.

Blogger’s Thoughts

“The Lone Ranger may feature just as much disdain from parents, as much as it may feature pleasure and happiness from the kids that are bound to see it, because while this remains a rather joyless-experience, rest assured, the movie will still make millions of dollars at the box office, and may even be granted a sequel, in hopes that Verbinski, Depp, and co., score the next franchise hit they oh so desire.” – Dan The Man’s Movie Reviews

“The Lone Ranger’s bloated 150 minute run time is filled with impressive action set pieces and homages to its source material, but poor writing and a wildly inconsistent tone makes it completely understandable why the film is destined to become the biggest Box Office Bomb of 2013.” – Rorschach Reviews

“The Lone Ranger” is certainly not your typical current action film. It has a unique, stoically humorous tone which may alienate some viewers, but endear others. It also (like TOO MANY of today’s films) suffers from “Epic-itis”, with a formidable runtime and a lot of fat on the story. Yet Depp’s remarkable Tonto and Verbinski’s big budget action set pieces save the day, making “The Lone Ranger” a film well worth watching.” – Fogs’ Movie Reviews

Comments are much appreciated. Thanks for reading!

16 responses to “A Filmster Double Quickie: Despicable Me 2 & The Lone Ranger

  1. I caught Despicable Me 2 with my 5 yr. old son. Glancing at him during the movie I didn’t notice him laughing too much, but by the end he said he loved it. Whatever value that holds from the mouth of a 5 yr. old :) I’d rate it a little lower than you did. I thought they overplayed the minions and should’ve had more moments featuring the girls. Definitely below Monsters U. so far this summer, IMO, but certainly an enjoyable family flick. Good review Issy.

    • My stepdaughter is the same way with all the movies but she talks about them after and that is how i know she enjoyed it, I agree they should of inserted the girls more but the minions were a lot of fun. Thanks.

  2. I thought The Lone Ranger looked bad since the first trailer came out, so I skipped it; sounds like I didn’t miss much.

      • I’m looking forward to The Conjuring – and based on the reviews I’ve been seeing it looks like Pacific Rim may be worth seeing; I will definitely be looking out for your review and see what rating you give it.

  3. Nice review man. I agree, the film was too long. I also found Armie Hammer to be a bit annoying from time-to-time, but there’s no denying the goofy factor. Less is more, sometimes. Feel free to stumble on over to my page to see what I had to say. :)

    • Thanks. Yea the movie didn’t need to be over 2 hours. Armie Hammer was OK but they could of used someone with more personality.

  4. Great reviews Issy! Just saw Despicable Me 2 and really enjoyed it. Somehow I expected it to be a whole lot funnier but still the minions are awesome.

  5. Gotta love those minions. :-) True, it was a shame that the three girls took a bit of a backseat in this one – their relationship with Gru was what I loved so much in the first one.

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