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Despicable Me 3 (2017)

Review by CJ

Director:
Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin, Eric Guillon

Starring:
Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Pierre Coffin

Other notable appearances:
Jenny Slate, Julie Andrews, Steve Coogan

Running time:
90 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Despicable Me 1 & 2, Minions, The Secret Life of Pets, Megamind

 

After Gru (Carell) and Lucy (Wiig) fail to capture Balthazar Bratt (Parker) they are fired from the Anti-Villain League. Soon after, Gru discovers he has a long-lost twin brother named Dru (Carell) who has his sights set on bringing Gru back to a life of villainy.

Let’s get this out of the way early on. The minions steal the show. All of the best parts in Despicable Me 3 feature the minions. They are without a doubt a big part of what makes the Despicable Me series so much fun and the third instalment is no exception. If you love the minions then just go see Despicable Me 3 right now.

Now, don’t get me wrong — there are great parts in the film that don’t feature the minions. Agnes is adorable, Lucy is badass, the relationship between Gru and Dru is very funny and Balthazar Bratt is a hilarious villain.

I particularly enjoyed how stuck in the 1980s Bratt is. Not only does it make the villain much more tragic — high top mullet with a bald patch, purple shoulder pads, and obsession with his own merchandise — but it also gives Despicable Me 3 a fantastic retro soundtrack. Michael Jackson, Madonna, and a-Ha — oh, my! Though once again, my favourite song featured is the minions’ version of the “Major-General’s Song” from The Pirates of Penzance.

I enjoyed the plot for Despicable Me 3. The pacing is well done and the 90 minute run time is neither too long or too short. We see different sides to Gru and Lucy but the girls mostly remain consistent to what we have seen from them in the past.

With a great soundtrack, enjoyable plot and swell new characters, Despicable Me 3 is fun for the whole family and is sure to entertain kids of all ages.

Rating:

“I thought you were going to pee your pants!”
“I did!”

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