Our favourite reformed supervillain and single father of three is now going straight developing a line of fruit jams and preserves. His sedate, boring, suburban life is shaken up when he is called out of retirement by the Anti-Villain League (AVL). They want him to go undercover and help them take down a mysterious and powerful bad guy. Doctor Nefario (Russell Brand) and the minions make a welcome return and there’s romance in the air too in the shape of deadly agent Lucy Wilde.
One annoyance is the in-plot premise that children need two parents to be truly happy. Maybe it’s the influence of The Sarah Jane Adventures (which we will review shortly), but I don’t think that this necessarily holds true any more. So it bugs me no end that anything less than the nuclear family is still regarded as less than ideal. Another scorpion in the enchilada is the uncomfortable and very noticeable racial stereotyping of a couple of the characters.
Is it any good? Yes it is, despite the above problems. However, since neither the focus on traditional family structures nor lazy racial caricatures were necessary to the plot, I’m at a loss to understand why attitudes like this persist in a kid’s film… (other than due to lazy film-making).*
*NB/ The views expressed in this post were peer-reviewed by mum, who doesn’t always agree with everything I say. In this instance she did.