Despicable Me 3 Movie Review
The Despicable Me series has had mostly all solid entries and even gave new meaning to the phrase "popular side-characters" with the spin-off Minions. While the first was new and a true spectacle, the second lost its heart and the humor suffered. Minions brought the humour but let's face it, the movie was mostly gags and no heart. Despicable Me 3, however, brought the heart back to the series and gave us a refreshing new look at Gru and his family.
The film begins with Gru and Lucy chasing down notorious thief Balthazar Bratt. They've finally located his next target and attempt to stop him. While Balthazar takes over and robs an ocean liner as Michael Jackson's Bad plays, Gru and Lucy make their best effort to thwart his plan, however, it only ends in embarrassment. Gru and Lucy and fired from their jobs and now have no idea what to do. Then, just as there seems to be no hope, Gru learns he has a twin brother named Dru. That's where the fun turns into an absolute blast.
The minions are a big part as usual, but they don't take center stage like they usually do which is actually a good thing. That allows character growth for Gru, Dru, and Lucy which is what the movie needed to be about anyway. Steve Carell voices both Gru and Dru, which is entertaining in itself considering one is constantly grumpy and gloomy and the other is always light and happy.
In conclusion, I was very happy with the direction DM3 took the series and, considering how things unfold, I wouldn't be surprised at all to see more Gru in the future. As long as they keep making these fun and keep the heart at the center then they can make as many as they like. I give the film a 4 out of 4.
© 2017 Alec Zander