Despicable Me 3

Despicable Me 3 Movie Review 2017: Gru is back with Dru

Movie Name
Despicable Me 3
Pierre Coffin
Animated, Comedy, Adventure, Action
01 hours 36 minutes

Despicable Me 3 Review

On the outside, the “Despicable Me 3” movie seems more like a cartoon version of the James Bond franchise, but beneath that all spoofy, slick exterior, it is more like affirmations of good old-fashioned family values.
In the original movie, super-villain Gru (Steve Carell) reprioritize his life around his three newly adopted daughters. In Despicable Me 2, he meets his soulmate Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wigg) and even got hitched. Now in Despicable Me 3 Gru finds out his long-lost twin brother, Dru, giving the grumpy and sarcastic character, even more, reasons for group hugs.
This "threequel" brings back old favourites -- like the ever-popular Minions and Gru's wife, Lucy as well as new characters, including Gru's twin brother, Dru and the infamous villain out for world domination: Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker).
The set continues to be inventive, where, the Minions are still endlessly watchable and enjoyable but this time they have very little to do, and while all of their sub-plots are enjoyable on their own, a wacky quality gets lost in the separation. This shows that the characters work better as a team rather than as a bunch of separate elements. Four films down, well also counting the Minions film, this tempers the newness of the material.
Most of the original cast and crew of the Despicable Me franchise, including Carell, director Pierre Coffin, and writers Cinco Paulo and Ken Daurio, remains untouched and the same in this third instalment and you won't find us complaining as it works well like a well-oiled machine. The little girls bring in the requisite dose of adorable charm and cuteness, whereas the Minions provide the much-needed hijinks and the film is a rainbow of colourful and hugely enjoyable sights! The key element that seems to be missing from what is unlikely to be the major part of the multi-billion dollar franchise is an emotional core, that is what made the first film so successful in the very first place.
Well, such movies are allowed to be as silly as they like but what actually made them so delightful in the first place was the fact the filmmakers took the underlying sentiment quite seriously, also treating those various warm-fuzzy family moments with sincerity. For example, here we are allowed to “Awwww” when Gru's youngest daughter Agnes tells step-mother Lucy, “I love you, Mom,” but when the same is done by Gru when he makes the same admission to his brother it’s the Minions who “Awwww,” throwing up a hilarious buffer of sorts. Now if movie stop caring about their character we’ll stop caring as well.


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The Verdict

All in all, Yes, “Despicable Me 3” as directed by directors Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda lose sight of the film’s emotional centre, the rest is packed with as much humour as they can manage and hence it works. The jokes come all fast and furious, that the movie can hardly find room for Heitor Pereira’s crazy score, and even though Pharrell Williams has contributed to around five new songs to sell soundtracks it doesn't seem like the movie needs them. As with the first two movies, expect some comic pratfalls, cartoon violence, and creative but minor insults. But overall, this movie promises to be a fun choice not only for kids but parents as well, to enjoy together, with lots of laughs and positive messages.


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