Disclaimer: While Despicable Me 3 had quite a few small issues (and I will write about them all here), I still actually enjoyed the movie quite a bit. It’s not groundbreaking. It’s not going to make history. However, it’s still a film very much worth checking out. Now for a little woodshed action…
The plot was absolutely a stretch. It’ll do for a kids movie, but there were way too many moving parts for my taste. More on that in a sec. Reaching seemed to be a common occurrence throughout including a few of the jokes and how the film moved from one scene to the next.
Sometimes it’s alright to rely on old funnies to get some laughs. Other times you wear out your welcome. Despicable Me 3 is teetering right there on that line. It wants to give the people what they liked about the first two while trying to establish its own identity in the process. Sometimes it worked. Other times…not so much. This is what separates it from being as memorable as the first two: The first ones focused purely on standing their own while this one tried to get away with pulling some of the same old tricks. I guess you can say the series became a victim of its own success.
Former supervillian Gru (Steve Carrell) is now a family man and a secret spy. After a mission goes wrong, Gru is confronted by a mysterious man who claims to work for Dru, Gru’s twin brother he never knew he had. Meeting Dru for the first time brings Gru to a crossroads in what role he wants to play in the future: hero or villain.
The film definitely has its shining spots. Gru’s minions are always a treat. This time around, you’ll get a taste of them living the prison life. It’s a joy watching them walk around the yard like they’re the kings of the roost, kicking butt and lifting weights. It’s a proven formula. When all else fails, put those cute, yellow guys on the screen for five minutes and you’re right back in the game. And, yes, there are plenty of other funny moments to enjoy outside of the minions. They just add even more of a spark to the entertainment value.
Expect to get a little emotional as well. Gru, his wife Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig), and this three kids make an extremely cute family. The kids are just adorable and Gru will do anything for them. Meanwhile, Lucy is trying to find her place in the family as the newest member. The film did a great job of capturing their love for each other.
Don’t expect your world to be changed after viewing Despicable Me 3, but you’re still going to have a fairly good time watching. I give it an 81.