Despicable Me 3 (2017)

  • Time: 96 min
  • Genre: Animation | Action | Adventure
  • Directors: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin, Eric Guillon
  • Cast: Kristen Wiig, Steve Carell, Miranda Cosgrove, Trey Parker

Storyline:

After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother-a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps-one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.

One review

  • In animation there are more people in charge than in a live action movie. Despicable Me 3 has three directors and two writers and I can’t find any references for what each director did. There’s nothing comically new in the third edition but all the elements are there and this group of people have produced an entertaining movie that stays completely in the Despicable Me universe.
    Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio have written a solid script with plenty of action and a lot of silliness. There is kid humor but there’s also adult humor as well. The animation does not strive for reality but there’s more than enough to be visually interesting and a lot to miss the first time through. Directors Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin, and Eric Guillon have kept the characters correct and the action moving. That’s good enough for me. I wish they had done more with the Minnions but that’s because they’re my favorite.
    Steve Carell is back as the voice of Gru and, for this film, Dru. He gives this animated voice real life and emotional content which is where a great deal of the humor comes from. Kristen Wiig voices Lucy with just the right mix of being in charge and not certain what’s happening. Trey Parker joins the group as the bad guy Balthazar Bratt. As an old hand with animated voices he doesn’t cheat us of anything.
    Pierre Coffin is again the voice of all the Minions who steal every scene they’re in. Steve Coogan does several stereotyped British characters and get lots of laughs. Julie Andrews plays Gru’s Mom. Who knew she could be so mean. She plays the opposite of what she’s known best for and it works wonderfully.
    I give Despicable Me 3 4 ½ pieces of bubble gum out of 5. It is the same as before but that same is still entertaining but I do wish they’d done more with the Minions.

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