Despicable Me 3 (2017)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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Cast

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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Steve Carell doubles your fun in Despicable Me 3 - voicing feuding twin bros. Carell is the life of the party and the main reason this animated blast of slapstick silliness packs appeal beyond the PG crowd.

Jun 30, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's a perfectly reasonable option for a family movie outing and isn't so bad that adults will cringe.

Jun 30, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

By the midpoint, the movie, which is directed by three different people - franchise regular Pierre Coffin gets help from Éric Guillon and Kyle Balda - is dragging badly.

Jun 30, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"Despicable Me 3" has some laughs, but not enough to prop up what feels like a flagging franchise.

Jun 30, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

There are a mix of many ideas, none fully realized, so what the heck? Just toss 'em all in there, see what sticks.

Jun 30, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

While the first movie was, as noted, at its core rather charming, for Despicable Me, the third time definitely isn't the charm.

Jun 29, 2017 | Full Review…
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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 Proulx
KJ Proulx

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Just when you thought they couldn't milk this franchise any further, we get a trilogy, as if it was obligatory (I actually think it is). I have never understood why this franchise was even remotely popular. The first movie was reasonably passable capitalising on the now exhausted superhero genre. An evil super genius getting long in the tooth tries to remain relevant amongst the growing number of younger supervillains. And in the end the supervillain becomes the hero. Then came the sequel which simply went straight down the old supervillain versus superhero route. The supervillain from the first movie now essentially a superhero fighting crime. Now along comes the third movie which is clearly struggling for ideas. It now turns out that old Gru (Steve Carell) has a long lost brother called Dru (ugh!!). Dru of course looks identical to Gru except he has hair, he is also voiced by Carell. Dru is a budding supervillain and dreams of working with his infamous super genius brother. Problem is Gru is now a superhero and can't find a way to break this to his brother. So in the long run Gru ends up tricking Dru into helping him take down a problematic supervillain called Balthazar Brat (Trey Parker). Gru does this by pretending they are actually carrying out an evil plan. But anyway, yes they drag up the old long lost relation plot angle to keep this nonsense going. I really don't need to explain how lame this is do I? Right so we already know Gru, his wife Lucy and their kids. So what about Dru, what's he like? Well like I said he looks identical to Gru, except for his flowing blonde hair. His voice is fairly similar to Gru's because he's voiced by Carell, oh and he dresses in white...to counter Gru's black. So yeah...that's about as imaginative as it gets for that. But wait! There is actually a positive note here, and that's the new evil character of Balthazar Brat. This is mainly down to two simple reasons. Firstly he's voiced by Trey Parker who has that simple, yet amusing tone of voice that we all know and love from [i]South Park[/i]. Really hard to pinpoint why his voice is so catchy because its generally pretty normal. I think its Parker's ability to sound so satirical and mocking in a relatively deadpan manner. Secondly its because the character of Balthazar is stuck in the 80's. He's obsessed with the 80's, anything and everything to do with that era. Being an 80's gen bloke this of course appealed to me greatly and I enjoyed the various pop culture references. Admittedly most of the references, quips and visual gags weren't anything overly original. He dances to various classic 80's pop songs while he works and plays with various 80's toys and gadgets. He dresses in typical 80's fashions, he has a mullet, and his evil plan involves a giant robot or mech rampaging through Hollywood (in typical [i]Godzilla[/i] or 80's Saturday morning cartoon type fashion). So whilst this character was indeed a totally unoriginal idea, for me he was fun to watch. Not overly sure how kids these days would quite get him though. I would of thought most of the references would go sailing over their heads. Indeed its only when Balthazar is on the screen this movie is any fun. Most of the movie is filled with mind-numbing crapola showing Gru looking after his insufferable kids. Like the sub plot involving one of his daughters trying to find a unicorn...eh? Or the other daughter and her potential boyfriend...ugh! Or spending time with his brother and his supervillain inventions (like we haven't seen that kind of stuff before). As for the minions, hell they've been relegated to a sub plot also. You don't actually get that much minion screen time a tall really because they leave Gru after he refuses to return to villainy. Of course they return for the finale but overall they're in and out of the picture. Odd because I thought they were a cash cow. I dunno, I just didn't get the point of this movie because it literally offered nothing new. Even the bad guy, who was enjoyable, was completely unoriginal in every aspect. Yes the movie looks great as all CGI animated movies do nowadays, so that's kinda inconsequential at the end of the day. The soundtrack is the usual god awful collection of hip-hop and rap which every kids movie has to incorporate it seems. Its not particularly funny and its not particularly exciting. The entire feature simply feels like a by the numbers production merely chugged out to try and squeeze the last few drops of money out before it inevitably dies. Well its dead alright.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin are seeing double with Despicable Me 3. Running a brief, yet seemingly appropriate, 90 minutes, Despicable Me 3 manages a steady pace with its story. The laughs are too few for what transpires and the multiple characters follow segregated story lines which somehow splash together for the finale. Nothing stands out visually, but Despicable Me 3 continues to showcase its lovable characters, backed with a great soundtrack. Steve Carell pulls double duty nicely with Kristen Wiig and Trey Parker filling in the gaps. Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, and Nev Scharrel deliver as well. Despicable Me 3 has enough entertainment value; just not enough to dance its way into greatness.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

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Add new characters, stir, and voila! New movie. The villain being from the 80's gives the rationale for using music from those years, a little something for the parents taking their kids to see this. Less resonant than the first, but still viable. I enjoyed the play around the popular "it's so fluffy" line.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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