Movie Review – Despicable Me 3

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The Mummy, Alien, even Wonder Woman… we have had a run of some kinda dark movie reviews for the last few weeks, so this week we thought we would take a palette cleanser with something lighter – Despicable Me 3.

For anyone who has been living in a super secret volcano lair for the last few years Despicable Me is Universal/Dreamworks cash cow franchise from which those yellow Ubisoft rabbid like henchmen, The Minions, originated.

The short version goes like this – in Despicable Me, Gru (a not so evil Supervillain) with his henchmen (the Minions) adopt 3 girls as part of an elaborate heist. Being a Dreamworks picture they become a family and happily ever after. The Despicable Me 2 continues the series with Gru falling in love with a secret agent named Lucy and turning from Supervillain to Super Agent.

The 3rd instalment (or 4th if you count the standalone Minions as a prequel) picks up from the 2nd movie with Gru being fired as a secret agent and the appearance of his Twin Brother Dru (also voiced by Steve Carrell who voices Gru) before learning his family has a history of super villainy.

Still with us? Ok here is the short version of the review, if you saw the first two Despicable Me movies and liked them you will like the 3rd. If you just glazed over everything above and have never heard of the Minions before, quickly close this review and retreat to your aforementioned hidden Volcano Lair.

Despicable Me 3 is firmly in the kids’ movie genre, and while there are a number of Easter Eggs dropped in for the adults such as the idol from Raiders (and a throwaway Steven Universe ‘My Diamond’ line). If it doesn’t float your boat from the trailers then you can just skip it until it hits Netflix.Don’t take this to mean it’s a bad movie because it definitely is not with the level of animation and scale being kicked up a notch over previous outings of the series.

Don’t take this to mean it’s a bad movie because it definitely is not with the level of animation and scale being kicked up a notch over previous outings of the series.

It’s just if you saw the trailer and you watched the previous films it is just more of the same. Which is fine because it aimed for a certain demographic and it does follow through on it, even with clearly borrowing from Guardians of the Galaxy with the use of 80’s music (99 Balloons & Michael Jackson’s Bad for examples) as story prop or the final arc borrowing heavily from Avengers: Age of Ultron.

ALSO has to be said, that this is also probably the most child-friendly work Southpark’s Trey Parker has ever done, in voicing the menacing former 80’s child star & main story villain.

So should you go see it? If you want a break from the bleak destruction or monster movies of late, sure definitely. It’s bright and clean (visually, but also yes) to watch and absolutely will be a hit with anyone under 12 years old. So if you have people to take of that age group you can completely score some brownie points and be entertained yourself.

If you aren’t in that age group, however, we might suggest a late session if you aren’t happy to wait until it hits Google Play/iTunes/Netflix.

Despicable Me 3 is in Cinemas across Australia from today.