The track “Fun Fun Fun,” produced by Pharrell Williams is the perfect choice as the song to start off the movie. With its uplifting lyrics and energized beat, it is easy to recognize the mood of this scene as a happy one. The setting of this scene is a backyard birthday party for Gru’s youngest adopted daughter. The weather is sunny and the backyard is decorated accordingly for the theme of a princess party. The lyrics that are playing as they show scenes of the kids running around the yard are “Take me, far away, anywhere. As long as it's fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, I wanna go…” These lyrics add to the movie scene by making you feel the happiness that you see portrayed on the children’s faces as they are dressed in fairy and princess costumes, playing games that make them feel as if they are in another world. With this being the second scene shown in the film, I feel like this sets the tone for what kind of movie that Despicable Me 2 is. It lets the audience know that this is going to be a fun filled movie that is meant for kids to enjoy and adults too.
“Happy,” which is another song produced by Pharrell Williams, is the most popular song on the soundtrack, which was nominated for several awards and was number one on several different musical charts. If the title of the song doesn’t give away the feeling it emanates, then I’m here to tell you that this song makes you feel as happy as a clam. In the scene, Gru has just fallen in love with a woman, and is so blissfully happy that he does things that are very uncharacteristic of him. These things include cooking his adopted daughter’s heart-shaped pancakes, stopping traffic in a busy street to walk a mother duck and her family across the road, and returning a Frisbee that hits him as he strolls joyfully through the park. The reason this song adds to this scene is because it shows us another side of Gru that we’ve never really seen. It shows us the sensitive side of a character that is mostly portrayed as closed off or even unemotional when it comes to love. They end the scene showing Gru buying a rose and handing it to a stranger after he’s finished partaking in a yoga class, and this is in my opinion, the best scene of the movie because it just makes the audience feel so happy.
According to the article, Music and Mood, film composers seek to connect the spirit and themes of movies. I feel like that was done perfectly within this movie and not just in the two scenes that I talked about. Despicable Me 2 is a mostly jolly film, but there are some scenes that take on a more serious tone and I felt the like music that was places in these scenes did a fantastic job of capturing the emotion that went along with what was happening and it made this movie so much fun to watch and I enjoyed it. I would rate this movie a 3.