Despicable Me 3 – Film Review

Rating : 2 / 5 stars

What’s it about?
Despicable Me 3 is the third entry in the Despicable Me franchise and is directed by Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin and Eric Guillon, with voice over work by Steve Carell, Kirsten Wiig and Trey Parker among others.
When Gru and Lucy fail to capture super villain Balthazar Bratt, they are suspended from the spy organization that they work in. This coincides with Gru finding out that he has a long lost twin brother, Dru, who wants to reconnect with him.At their reunion, his twin brother Dru reveals to Gru that they come from a family of super-villains and should team up for one last heist job. Meanwhile, Balthazar Bratt has his own nefarious plans for the city of Los Angeles.
Will Gru be able to stop him? Will he reconnect with his brother? Will he win back the respect he has lost? These are some of the questions that the film tries to tackle.

What’s Good?

The parts of the film which focus on Balthazar Bratt and his antics are the highlight of the film. Voiced nicely by Trey Parker, Balthazar Bratt is the perfect villain for this franchise with his endgame being as bonkers as it is brilliant. Some of the humor, especially with Gru and Balthazar, just about works for the film. Kirsten Wiig’s Lucy has a decent subplot about step parents trying to match up to the expectation of their children but it is not fully developed to actually resonate with the audience. The animation is just about alright. The minions are decent in whatever little screentime they have.

What’s Not?

I have been a fan of the first two Despicable Me films, but I am sorry to say that this is the weakest film of the series. There are hardly any jokes here that actually work. Unlike the previous films, there is absolutely no energy to the proceedings.There are multiple subplots here that do not have a satisfactory payoff at the end of the film. The action and animation for the most part is unimaginative. Gru, in his own film gets sidelined till the very end at the cost of his brother Dru, who is not a character that the audience can get behind for too long. The most important reason why the previous two films worked well was because of the bond between Gru and the little children, but here that is completely sidelined till the third act. All in all, quite disappointing!

Performances
Steve Carell does exceptional voice work in this film. He voices both Gru and his brother Dru, and infuses both of them with distinct personas through voice modulation.  Kirsten Wiig as Lucy is good but her role here is much less than what she had in the previous film. Trey Parker as Balthazar Bratt makes for a good villain and gets his voice work spot on. Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier and Nev Scharrel do a good job as the three little girls in Gru’s life but again, they do not have much to do here. Rest of the cast is good in their roles.

Final Word
The weakest film in the trilogy, this film is for hardcore Despicable Me fans only!!


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