Despicable Me 3 Review: New Package, Same Old Crisis Makes For Average Entertainment

Despicable Me 3 sees the return of Gru and Lucy and their girls as Gru finds his twin brother Dru and fights Balthazar Bratt, a villain trapped in 80s.

Cast: Steve Carell (Gru/dru), Kristen Wiig (Lucy Wilde), Trey Parker (Balthazar Bratt), Jenny Slate (Valeria Da Vinci)

Direction: Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin

Rating: 2.5/5

Despicable Me 3 Review

Despicable Me 3 sees the return of Gru and Lucy and their girls – Margo, Edith, and Agnes. As Gru and Lucy are fired from Anti-Villain League for not capturing Balthazar Bratt, the villain who break dances to 80s music and wears shoulder pads. Gru gets to know about his twin brother Dru and Dru convinces his brother for one last heist. Meanwhile, Balthazar Bratt has plans of wreaking havoc on Hollywood. Watch Gru, Dru, Lucy, girls and the minions in this fun-filled joyride as they fight Balthazar Bratt.

Despicable Me 3Buzz:

Despicable Me 3 is the third film in the Despicable Me movie franchise. Trey Parker who plays the role of Balthazar Bratt in the movie is also the co-creator of South Park. Steve Carell, who voices Gru has suggested that this might be his last movie of the franchise, but he might consider playing a cameo in any future ‘Minion’ movie. Nev Scharrel replaced Elsie Fisher as the voice of Agnes as Fisher got too old for the role.

What To Anticipate:

After two successful movies in the franchise, Despicable Me 3 sails easily with its set plot course, where the characters face a little crisis and then are able to come with a plan which goes south, but all ends well towards the end. The humor elements still make you laugh and are timed well. Thrown into the mix of things are minions, who have their own charms and the very sight of them doing something funny on-screen is good entertainment.

This 89-minute movie is short and sometimes feels a little abrupt with scenes popping between the minions and the Gru-Dru family reunion. The minions who hold importance in the movie have been somehow been sidelined a little. Their fun has been limited and that is something that could have used some more screen-time. We also fail to see the trio of Kevin, Bob, and Stuart who were set-character pieces in the Despicable Me movies and the solo Minions movie.

With movies like this, the idea to experiment holds risk and it is always better to follow the same routine with minor adjustments and some fresh comic elements. Ice Age movies have been following the same pattern for nearly and decade and Despicable Me is surely following their footsteps. There is a major need to reboot the entire franchise or it shall lose its audience slowly. Even the solo Minions movie failed to garner the expected response from its audiences, the minions don’t have the required strength to hold the entire movie on their own.

The whole idea of a family crisis, with Lucy trying to become the perfect mother and Dru trying to follow the footsteps of his brother Gru, in order to become a good villain serves an average plot. At the same time, Balthazar Bratt, a villain living in the 80s isn’t the strongest of antagonists as we would have wanted. His 80s music, break dancing skills and his 80s outfit fail to bring in the desired humor. Also, the trailers over-reveal the plot and key scenes in the movie. The director fails to surprise with newness in the movie.

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