Director(s): Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud. Cast (voices): Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Ken Jeong, Steve Coogan. 98 min. Rated PG. Animation.
Significant improvement compared to the original. Reminiscent of Pixar's The Incredibles, the sequel to the 2010 boring animation now has a real story, makes an effort at character development, and even the little yellow-colored minions have a major role in the story, and don't just hang around to be cute. There are still some subplots that don't contribute to the story (never understood what all those love-at-first-sight sequences were for, other than to make the 90-minute mark), but I was pleasantly surprised and entertained, and even laughed at a few jokes. Wouldn't mind seeing the closing chapter to a trilogy.
PS: Goudie and Reza, thanks for the recommendation.