MOVIE REVIEW: Despicable Me 3 (2017)

There is much to say about the goofiness of “Despicable Me” as an animated adventure movie but it actually transcends with family values at its core. While laughter and admiration from its audience can be the key to make it a successful installment, it is more grounded on its mission to take the franchise further with the introduction of a new character that does not veer away from the very protagonist we loved in the first movie (2010). Heroism prevailed in the second one (2013), family values this time.

It’s double the fun wih Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) meeting his estranged twin brother Dru (which he voiced differently just so there is distinction). He might have been already content with his quiet life with his lovely wife, Lucy (voiced by Kristen Wiog), alongside the adorable Minions, but here comes Dru convincing him to have “one last heist.” With these two characters teaming up, it is essential to have a new villain (as if the blood running through the twin brothers is not villanous enough).  Bad Boy Balthazar Bratt (voiced by Trey Parker) takes the spotlight as a revengeful 80s child star who has long since been enraged for having his top-rating TV show cancelled.

The cute yellow Minions have their own shining moments well intended for kids who just want to have fun seeing these little characters play around in spite of mumbling gibberish. There is an excessive nonsense in it all but the hell with it.

Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, Despicable Me 3’s strength is obviously its colorful visuals that are never straining to the eyes. For three installments now, it has founded on funny gags against brilliant settings. Moreover, it has come to know how to be appealing in its own world of villainy and quirkiness.

With what could be a nice opener to a whole new set of installments featuring Gru’s equally evil (but still lovable) twin brother, there is much to expect in the coming years as Despicable Me 3 establishes itself as a sturdy series with a good following worldwide.

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