Film Friday #138

Despicable Me 2

In this sequel to the 2010 original, Gru (voiced by Steve Carrell) has retired from super villainy, content to play father to his three adorable orphan daughters, Margo, Edith and Agnes… and experiment with jam production. But when someone attempts to steal a secret formula that turns even the gentlest bunny into a senseless killing machine, Gru is recruited by the AVL (Anti-Villain League) to help track down and stop this new super villain. He finds himself paired with feisty female agent, Lucy (voiced by Kirsten Wiig) and undercover in a shopping mall. But why does the local Mexican restaurant owner (voiced by Benjamin Bratt) look so familiar? Where are the Minions disappearing to? And what will he do when Margo starts to show an interest in… boys? Regular readers of this blog will know that I don’t much like animated movies or “kids” movies but I will admit that Despicable Me is one of my very few exceptions and I can fortunately say that the sequel does not disappoint, quite possibly because the writers have cleverly cranked up the Minion quota. I can’t explain to you how much the Minions’ well-meaning but haphazardly ineffectual behaviour cracks me up. The ice-cream van scene alone will keep me quietly amused for weeks (gelato!) Brilliant. 4/5



Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Following on directly from Wrath of Khan, the third Star Trek film sees the crew of The Enterprise turn rogue when Kirk (William Shatner) discovers that Dr McCoy (DeForest Kelly) has Spock’s (Leonard Nimoy) consciousness trapped inside him. Forbidden to visit the Genesis planet to retrieve Spock’s body, the crew steals the ship and heads there anyway. At the same time Saavik (Robin Curtis) and David (Merrit Buick) are exploring the surface on the planet on discovery mission and come across a mysterious Vulcan child. And some Klingons lead by Christopher Lloyd are attempting to capture the secret of Genesis and use it as a weapon. Basically there is a lot going on and it’s all pretty exciting. And pretty cheesy. And very original series. A must for all aspiring Trekkers. 3/5

How YOU doing?

How YOU doing?

Stick It

Teen rebel, Hayley (Missy Peregrym) is forced to attend an elite gymnastics academy in order to avoid jail time. Hated by her fellow students after pulling out of a world championship at the last minute in her past, Hayley has a lot to prove both to herself and her new coach, Burt Vickerman (Jeff Bridges). I’m not entirely sure why Jeff Bridges decided to do this uber predictable teen movie about learning to be part of a team and how to use your individuality to your advantage but he does what he can with a lacklustre script and a tired concept. In the end what this amounts to is really fitness porn because watching what some of these athletes can do with their bodies is eye-boggling. However the same affect can be achieved (more satisfyingly) by just watching The Olympics and Bring It On successively. 2/5

Because there is nothing more metal than an orange leotard

Because there is nothing more metal than an orange leotard

Miss Bala

After aspiring beauty queen, Laura (Stephanie Sigman) inadvertently witness a drug gang murder law enforcement officers, she is kidnapped by the gang leader, Lino (Noé Hernández) and forced to do his bidding. Although Laura is desperate to escape, the threat of violence against her brother and father means she is dragged in deeper and deeper with less and less chance of ever getting out. The power in this film comes from watching Laura’s innocence slowly stripped away scene by scene. As she witnesses more and more brutal violence and is made to participate in more immoral activities her disconnection from what is going on around her is evident and harrowing to watch. Sigman is outstanding in this bleak and somewhat hopeless tale, however it is sometimes hard to understand her behaviour, particularly early in the film and the camera work can be distracting. Good but not the best in this genre. 3/5

Yup... just chilling under your bead. Don't mind me.

Yup… just chilling under your bead. Don’t mind me.


  1. I cannot wait to see Despicable Me 2. Maybe even as much as Monsters University. Miss Bala sounds interesting as well. Gotta love Film Friday!

    1. Abbi

      I am looking forward to Monsters University as well. Odd that two of my Disney-type movie exceptions would release sequels so close together. I loved Despicable Me 2 so much thought that it would be hard to top it!

      Glad you are enjoying Film Friday. It’s definitely my best day of the week 🙂

  2. Yay! I know how much you hate animated films but am happy you like the Despicable Me films. 🙂 Although it’s not quite as great as the first, it was still an excellent sequel. Gotta love those minions! And you’ve beat me to the 3rd Star Trek film now. 😉 I do plan to continue watching the rest at some point. Stick It was… Meh. Entertaining enough for a Saturday afternoon. I don’t know Miss Bala… Sounds a bit intense.

    1. Abbi

      I’m not sure what it is about those Minions but they crack me up. I have actually watched the fourth Star Trek film for next week… I suggest stopping after 3. 😉

      1. Hehe. Thanks for the warning… 😉 I’m sure I’ll still force myself to watch them all eventually. Wait a second – I thought all the “even numbers” were meant to be good or something??

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