Despicable Me 3 Review: Have the Minions Run Out of Steam?

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With the success of the first two films, can Despicable Me 3 live up to the fan favourites? Or have Gru and The Minions finally run out of steam?

It’s tricky to continue a successful formula whilst changing it just enough to keep it new and entertaining. Universal Pictures have managed to do just that in the newest film in the franchise Despicable Me 3.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to introduce new characters, such as Lucy, Gru’s love interest and all round cool spy in the second film. In Despicable Me 3’s case it is Dru, Grus’ (conveniently) long lost twin brother.

Whilst their similarities in appearance are evident, Dru is a terrible yet aspiring villain, who wants to be just like his brother. Having been recently fired from his job but all the while insisting that he is no longer a criminal, Gru must decide if he should resort back to the life he gave up.

Despicable Me 3 has a lot going for it…

Despicable Me 3 has everything that made the first two films in the franchise so successful, an amazing villain: a good hearted anti-hero and of course…minions.

The minions are devoted and passionate, yet are growing impatient and slightly more independent. It was great watching them have more of a parallel storyline, as they regretfully try to survive on their own without their idol Gru. Funny and stupid, the minions played their part and were loveable and ultimately helpful.

Bringing the 80s back and I want to come with him. Source – IMDB

Dru was a welcome addition to the franchise. The more Steve Carrel the better. Dru aspired to be like Gru and follow in the family business of villainy, having inherited a bunch of cool gadgets and handy vehicles. The brother, whilst clumsy, is passionate and loveable.

But the greatest part about Despicable Me 3 is definitely Balthazar Bratt, voiced by Trey Parker. The purple suited troublemaker is a dance-fighting mastermind stuck in the 80s, mullet and all.

I loved the soundtrack of 80s’ classics, from MJ to Dire Straights – a lot of which surely would have gone over the kids’ heads but would be welcome to parents and lovers of the the great musical era.

If Randy from South Park was an evil villain, he would be Balthazar Bratt, and I loved it. An obviously experienced voice actor, Trey Parker nailed his character and was the stand out of the movie – I couldn’t get enough!

A missed opportunity!

Okay so this is a bit aside from the review (slight spoilers) but it has to be pointed out. There is a part where after recovering the diamond and blundering their escape, Gru and Dru are rescued by Lucy in a helicopter. Literally Lucy. In the Sky. With Diamond(s). And there was no mention of it.

I don’t know if they left this out as a gag for those cluey enough to catch on (i.e my Fiance) or if they simply didn’t realise the surreptitious link.

Worth the watch?

Despicable Me 3 was a funny succession to Despicable Me 2 and introduced one of the best villains you will see this year in Balthazar Bratt. With a simple story line and clumsy characters, Despicable Me 3 will surely be a hit with the kids, but left enough for the parents to keep engaged.

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