Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.
Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ’80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date. The film will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017.
What We Thought:
I’m a big fan of the films from Illumination. I’m a fan of their Despicable Me/Minions franchise so I was looking forward to Despicable Me 3. It’s not quite as good as the first two films, but the kids will surely like it and ain’t that what it’s all about?
I think the issue is it starts really slow. The first two films get you right into the action and this one takes a little bit to develop. Once it does that, it’s really good though. Gru and Lucy get fired from being secret agents after a diamond is stolen by Balthazar Bratt, a former child star turned villain after hitting puberty and having his show cancelled. Gru learns he has a twin brother named Dru and with Lucy and the girls joins Dru at his mansion. He learns that Dru is a villain like their father, but not as good. The brothers team up to get the diamond back and beat Bratt once and for all.
Once the film finds its pacing, it’s funny and what you expect from the franchise. The Minions have their own adventures and wind up in prison and escaping to help Gru. The girls get plenty of screentime as well with Margo having a boy interested in her and Agnes thinking she found a real life unicorn. There is singing and dancing and it’s colorful and fun.
As an adult, I really liked the former child star angle. Balthazar Bratt is stuck in the 1980s, the time his show aired. He has big shoulder pads, a funny hair cut and listens to 80s music. The music is a fantastic part of the film and parents will enjoy it even if their kids have no idea there’s a Madonna track playing. Bratt uses a plot line from his TV show as his big evil plan and it all works for me. South Park‘s Trey Parker does the voice of Bratt and it sounds like Stan Marsh (from South Park) a lot of the time which I found funny.
Despicable Me 3 isn’t quite as good as the previous films and I liked The Secret Life of Pets and Sing more, but I did like the film quite a bit. If you and/or your kids like the movies, I definitely recommend it. The kids at the screening seemed to like it and one dad with his infant child was having a grand ol’ time at it as well.
Cast & Crew:
- Steve Carell
- Kristen Wiig
- Trey Parker
- Miranda Cosgrove
- Dana Gaier
- Nev Scharrel
- Steve Coogan
- Jenny Slate
- Julie Andrews
Recommended If You Like:
- Despicable Me 1 & 2
- The Secret Life of Pets