Despicable Me 3

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Despicable Me 3 should keep fans of the franchise consistently entertained with another round of colorful animation and zany -- albeit somewhat scattershot -- humor.



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Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters-Margo, Edith and Agnes-and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination's Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud. Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central's global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who's grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the '80s, and proves to be Gru's most formidable nemesis to date. The film will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017.


Kristen Wiig
as Lucy Wilde
Trey Parker
as Balthazar Bratt
Jenny Slate
as Valerie Da Vinci
Julie Andrews
as Gru's Mom
Russell Brand
as Dr. Nefario
Pierre Coffin
as Kevin the Minion / Bob the Minion / Stuart the Minion / Addi
Michael Beattie
as The Scar Faced Man / TMZ Announcer
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  • Dec 29, 2018
    While I really liked the first Despicable Me, the rest of the franchise has mostly been mostly mediocre for me. Minions never lived up to it's potential, and Despicable Me 2 lost a lot of the fun because when you make Gru a good guy a lot of the fun is lost. Honestly, I don't really even remember a lot of Despicable 2. Despicable Me 3 is a bit better, but it still has a lot of the same problems. To start with what I like, for one it actually feels like the pop culture datedness of it has been toned down a bit. Maybe I've just become numb to this in movies recently, but I didn't notice it as much in this one. The main villain has a distinct 80s theme going, but this is tied to his character, and not just a grab at "hey, this is what kids are into!" so it actually works. They don't just do things like have the characters take selfies to be hip. A low bar but, godamn, I really appreciated it. I also really liked the climax, because we get to see Gru use his more villainous skills. It's essentially a heist sequence, and damnit all I'll just never get sick of a heist scene. Plus, it's a heist scene in the Despicable Me world, and this is a weirdass world they've created, so it was a ton of fun. I also actually really liked the arc of the minions. They leave Gru because he's no fun as a good guy (which makes sense, seriously that did always bother me with their characters), and wind up in prison, which they basically take over. It's weird, but it leads to some really funny stuff. But this leads to the movies problems. It's funny, at times it's really funny, but it's largely a series of loosely connected sketches. There's not a lot that ties it together. There's a main villain, Gru finding his brother, the minions leaving, Agnes looking for a unicorn, all this stuff happening and all of it is funny but none of it really connects in any meaningful way. You can put it on, have some laughs, and be entertained, but I don't see it leaving any real meaningful impact. It's another marshmallow movie. Light, fluffy, and makes you feel good, but lacking in any real substance. The one thing I will say is this is the first time I'm excited for a Despicable Me sequel, because without getting into sequels, it feels like they're basically setting up for a Spy vs Spy movie, and I am all about that.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2018
    "I've been a bad boy." Gru faces his most challenging nemesis yet in Despicable Me 3, a rather mediocre family comedy. After failing to capture '80s child-star turned super-villain Balthazar Bratt during a daring jewel heist Gru is fired from the AVL (Anti-Villain League) and soon discovers that he has a long lost twin brother; who he then recruits to help him exact his revenge on Bratt. Trey Parker joins the cast and does a great job at making Bratt a fun, over-the-top villain. However, the plot is incredible formulaic and cliché, hitting all the lost sibling and spy redemption tropes in the book. And the comedy is fairly broad and tries to get by mostly on slapstick (which it kind of does). It delivers some laughs, but Despicable Me 3 is an underwhelming sequel that doesn't really do anything new or interesting with the series.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2018
    I've made my feelings on Illumination Entertainment known throughout the years that I've had the (dis)pleasure of reviewing their films throughout the years. I even went so far as to state, in my review of Sing, that I felt they were the worst major animation studio since, in my opinion, they hadn't produced ONE good movie yet. Of course, Sing changed all that and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. But I'm not about to sit here and say that it was a masterpiece of CG films. It was just a fun little diversion, but it offered nothing of substance. In fact, you could say their entire filmography has been all style and no substance. Having said all that, I still feel that Illumination is still the worst major animation studio in North America. Their first major franchise, Despicable Me, gave way to the asinine and insufferable merchandising bonanza that are the Minions. Perhaps you could call it a stroke of marketing genius that they managed to make these little annoying assholes into THE biggest mascot any film company has had in quite a while, but I think they just lucked into it honestly. While I get that their intentions, for the original DM, were probably always to merchandise the Minions, I don't imagine that they thought it would take off the way it did. Minions are still popular to this day and I just don't understand it. The Minions are so popular that if you were to ask a casual fan to name any other character from the Despicable Me franchise that isn't Gru, 99% would fail. I'd fail at that challenge, but I have NEVER been a fan of the franchise anyway. The point is that the Minions are bigger than any of the characters in the movie and this franchise continues to exist, to this day, because it's relatively cheap to produce compared to Pixar's output (no Illumination Entertainment film has cost more than $80 million to produce) and they make a ton of money. But, and more importantly than that, they serve to justify EVEN MORE MINIONS MERCHANDISE. The Despicable Me franchise exists to peddle more of this bullshit, that's the only reason they keep being made. They're gonna squeeze that cash cow until it cannot give anymore. Cynical movie made for cynical purposes. Perhaps my issues with the franchise start with the original movie, where some people actually said it had Pixar-esque storytelling and I found that a laughable concept upon actually having seen the movie. The only interesting character, to me, was Gru's mother in how she really was the only villainous character in the entire film and, therefore, the only entertaining one. Of course, what do you do with the most interesting character from the first movie when you head into a sequel? You get rid of her entirely. What do you do with that character in the SECOND sequel? You only have her in ONE measly scene. Do these people even know what they're doing? No, I don't think they do. Let's move on to the actual movie, shall we? I don't know, having said all that I have said and all of my complaints about the franchise and Illumination in general, I found this to be the most "entertaining" of all the Despicable Me movies. I realize that that might not be saying much, since I'm giving this the same score as the two movies that preceded it. What I can say is that, thankfully, this is better than that insufferable Minions spin-off movie. But, and again, this is an Illumination legacy issue, their movies have always been more about the style than any real actual substance. There's no depth to any of their movies and I'll slap you silly if anyone dare say otherwise. I really don't remember any of the previous movies, probably for good reason, this one feels as inconsistent as ever. The main problem is, of course, the scripting. This is like a series of subplots all cobbled together to barely make a 'narrative'. Gru meets his brother, Dru and they spend a lot of the time together bonding and doing their own shit. The Minions quit after Gru gets fired from the Anti-Villain League and he refuses to return to a life of villainy. They go off on their journey that sees them perform at one of those singing competitions, they get thrown in jail and then they escape from it at a later point in the film, when they realize they love Gru. Lucy struggles to connect with the girls. Agnes, the smallest and most annoying of the girls, tries to find an unicorn. And then there's Balthazar Bratt. While I liked the addition of Dru, I felt that Balthazar Bratt was a cool little addition to the franchise that they really didn't do much with. Balthazar, a former 80s child star, has been stuck in a state of arrested development, still dressing and fashioning his life as if it was the 80s, when his show got cancelled as a result of his puberty. Sometimes, when movies introduce 80s elements, it feels like an excuse to license some cool 80s music or to be nostalgic. But Bratt still living in the past is actually essential to the character and I find that it works. Though, to be fair, it still feels like an excuse to license 80s music and have an 80s aesthetic in the movie with the colorful costumes, the neon, the fashion, etc, etc. It's just more justified given Bratt's past. The film really doesn't have any clever or inspiring writing and the fact that they rely so much on slapstick is disappointing. Not that you can't use it, but you need to mix and match things, it can't always be the same thing over and over and over again. And that's just what this movie feels like. It's not that it's all slapstick, but the humor is definitely very repetitive. And, as the RT consensus says, it is a very scattershot movie as it relates to its humor. And I thought that this was still the most entertaining of all the films in the franchise. I wonder what that says about previous installments. The animation is colorful enough for the children, but I've never felt that Illumination has been a studio that you can count on to deliver the goods as it relates to truly high-quality and detailed worlds that would rival the best in the business. And I guess they realize that they'll never be as good as Pixar is in terms of creating beautiful worlds and they work to avoid the comparisons. They stick to what they know and rarely ever stray from their comfort zone. Having said that, though, their style of animation, as much as their approach to their stories, has always been very shallow. I wish I could rant on the same level that I used to in the past with regards to this franchise, but I'm just not feeling it anymore. Of course, I'm still not a fan and large parts of this are just really lazy filmmaking, but I never felt there was anything inherently wrong with this movie as there was with the first two or even the Minions' spin-off. Yes, they still get the same score, but they annoyed me more than this one did. I don't know whether that's just the fact that I turned 30 two months ago and I don't have the same vitriol inside me anymore? That's a lie, if a movie pisses me off, I can still release the kraken, as it were. I just think that, at this point, I'm finally over the whole Despicable Me franchise. I'll watch them if I find them easily available to me, but I'm sort of over the entire thing. The Minions are what they are and they will continue to be the main focus of this franchise's promotion, no matter what I say. They're doing what they need to do for their business, I'm just some nerd on the internet. I don't like it, but it is what it is. The franchise is still forgettable and this movie, while decent enough, doesn't change the trend. It's safe, sanitized. It's something your kids, if you have any, will watch, enjoy and then forget about it a few hours later. It's mindless entertainment. There's no risk. Even without taking those risks, Illumination has still reaped the rewards, sadly. It has taught them that it's ok to not put in much of an effort with their narratives, as long as they have cute, colorful and marketable characters. The rest will sort itself out in time. And I don't wanna say that Illumination has untalented artists, because that would not be the case, I'm sure there's a lot of really talented people working really hard to put a movie like this together, I just feel that the focus from the higher-ups, whom the artists take orders from, is on something else entirely as opposed to making sure that you have a high-quality movie on your hands. If they wanted to produce high-quality movies, I'm sure they could. But there's a reason why so many of their films fall flat on their faces creatively and that's because they know that, regardless of whether or not this movie was any good, it's still gonna make a shit-ton of money. That assessment would be correct, but it's a cynical way to look at this business. Because it's one that values the money over the creativity. And, again, any business needs to make money, but there's no reason, if you're an animated studio, that you can't mix the two. Pixar has achieved this for over TWENTY years and DreamWorks, at times, has also accomplished this. Why can't Illumination??? Maybe they just don't want to, who knows??? I'm not gonna speculate, even though I pretty much already did. Anyway. This is another Despicable Me movie, take it or leave it, it's the same as you've seen before with some new, slightly entertaining additions. Decent, but I won't remember anything about this in a week, maybe less.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2018
    It had taken me a while to finally view this third installment in the Despicable Me franchise because Minions more than gave me fatigue. I loved the original film and even enjoyed the second one quite a bit, but Minions was honestly the worst possible thing they could've done for this franchise. Sadly, I had lost all hope until I found myself chuckling throughout the trailers for Despicable Me 3, but I've never been more wrong. Although these movies continue to make loads of cash, the quality seems to progressively get worse. The uniqueness of this franchise has officially been thrown out the window. Yes, these movies will continue getting made due to money, but if this installment is any indication, quality is clearly not what matters to them anymore. Following Gru after he has proven himself to be a great father and a great man in general, he and his new lover work for an organization that brings down villains. As a new villain is on the horizon in Balthazar Bratt, Gru must do everything in his power to take him down. Adding in a layer of family, he also discovers that he has a brother who shares his original need to be a villain. Combining all of these story elements pretty much sends this film into an endless repetition, providing the same character arcs that the first two films already offered. This film is a jumbled mess in terms of doing anything new with its characters and when it comes down to it, it's just not all that funny either. The clever slapstick humor of the first two films is truly what made them so enjoyable and while this movie definitely attempts to recapture that magic, the slapstick just comes off as forced and the childish humor is cranked up to a thousand. I found this movie to be much more for children than the previous films were. The meshing of adult humor worked very well and could play well for a much broader audience. There are a few laugh-out-loud moments here, but they're too few and far between. Sadly though, aside from a few solid jokes, the only great thing about this film is the animation. Many animated films can be called great in terms of how they look, but that's not enough to warrant praise as a whole. Despicable Me 3 is beautifully animated as always and the journey the film takes you on is fun enough to experience once, but I'm finding myself remembering everything that happened throughout this film with ease because it was so incredibly predictable. I have no desire to ever revisit this installment. Quite frankly, I can't even begin to describe my disappointment with this film in comparison with its predecessors. In conclusion, this movie may be a fine watch for young kids, but I won't ever find myself recommending this film to anyone over the age of ten, because the humor is just too juvenile, unlike the jokes that made the first two so memorable. It's not like this is one of the worst animated movies I've ever seen, but when I find myself laughing at one or two jokes throughout a 90-minute film, in which its predecessors had me chuckling consistently, then there's a big issue. Despicable Me 3 has great voice talents as always, but none of them are utilized to their full potential this time around, especially with the addition of the very funny Trey Parker. I thought his character was going to be far more enjoyable than just another average villain, but his tropes got tired pretty quick. Overall, this movie fails to provide anything new for the franchise and therefore sort of kills any future excitement I would've wished to have for the coming films. Maybe Minions 2 will turn that around? I doubt it...
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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