Review of 'Despicable Me 3'

3rd film in the 'Despicable Me' series

dme3.jpg Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) and his wife Lucy (voiced by Kristen Wiig) have been fired by the Anti-Villain league when they fail to stop Balthazar Bratt (voiced by Trey Parker), a child star from the 1980s, from stealing the largest diamond in the world. Gru discovers that he has a long-lost brother, Dru (also voiced by Carell) who is the antithesis of Gru - Rich, flamboyant, fun and, most of all, has a full head of hair. Gru learns his brother is also a supervillain. The unemployed, depressed Gru is persuaded by Dru to get back some of his purpose in life and join him for one more heist - stealing the diamond back from Bratt.

This film has been criticised for being more of the same but I am not so sure I agree and even if it is, it is still a lot of fun! The Minions, as always, are the star of the show and keep the laughs rolling in on the side when the primary story has few laughs to give. The story and action is utterly bonkers and done with typical flair and style, particularly both Dru and Bratt, basically, anyone but Gru! Can be a bit headache-inducing at times but just roll with it…The particular bit where they travel to Dru's home to find that he has built some of his fortune based on big-farming so pigs are found everywhere is quite amusing particularly when they start interacting with the Minions.

Perhaps in an attempt to add a bit of depth to the characters, there is a side story involving Gru's daughter Margo's (voiced by Miranda Cosgrove) strained relationship with Lucy but otherwise the children are just a bit more of the background chaos.

A bunch of laughs and a lot of silliness.

Rating: “Really good but I have some issues”

Review Date: 2018-01-13

Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda and Eric Guillon

Studio: Illumination Entertainment

Year: 2017

Length: 89 minutes

Genre: Animation

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