Despicable Me 3

Film, Animation
2 out of 5 stars
2 out of 5 stars
(10user reviews)
Despicable Me 3

Reformed supervillain Gru and his family are back in this lacklustre, ideas-light third instalment

It seems third time’s the opposite of lucky with animated franchises. Like ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Ice Age’ before it, the ‘Despicable’ series has made the short trip from lovably madcap to tedious in three films (not counting the actually-kind-of-terrific ‘Minions’ spinoff). This time around, supervillain-turned-superagent Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) and his feisty, puts-the-kick-in-sidekick wife Lucy (Kristen Wiig) are on the tail of ’80s-obsessed diamond thief Balthazar Bratt (‘South Park’ co-creator Trey Parker, adding precisely nothing to the proceedings). Gru also discovers that he has a brother, Dru (Carell again), who lives in a giant gold-trimmed pig farm (it’s that kind of movie).

‘Despicable Me 3’ suffers both from a lack of new ideas – there are no memorable gags or action set-pieces, just a lot of flying about and yelling – and from an assumption that the audience is already invested enough to care about what happens. The lack of consistency in the characters is striking: Dru somehow shifts from successful golden child to hapless hanger-on with zero explanation given. And there’s a strong whiff of xenophobia in the East European-inflected principality of Freedonia (yes, we get the Mark Brothers reference), which seems to be populated entirely with clog-wearing farmers and hairy-nosed gypsy women.

Once again, it’s up to the squeaky, banana-obsessed minions to save the day: their subplot, which sees them confined to prison before escaping in a rickety airship, is actually funny. The rest of the movie is just drab, a lumbering parade of sub-‘Incredibles’ superhero shenanigans and hokey be-yourself sentiment.

Release details

Rated:
U
Release date:
Friday June 30 2017
Duration:
90 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda
Screenwriter:
Ken Daurio

Average User Rating

2 / 5

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Tastemaker

Gru meets his brother and together they set about putting a stop to an 80s child star who has become a super villain in his 40s and now dances his way into bank vaults to steal gems and the like. It's amusing for the most part but certainly not Toy Story 3! Some laughs, an adventure with musical moments that will appeal more to children than the adults that are taken along for the ride. Probably not worth a 4th outing!

Tastemaker

I've seen Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, and The Minions film. They were all great, and I look forward to watching them all...it's safe to say I'm a fan!


Steve Carrell is great as Gru, and Kristen Wiig is one of my favourite comedy actresses at the moment.....but Despicable Me 3 just lacked something. 


The film was only 90 minutes long, and focused on Gru's long lost brother, Dru (also voiced by Carrell) trying to convince Gru to return to his villainous ways. 


Good parts:

  • The mansion where Dru lived, and his opulent lifestyle, was great, and made me smile!
  • Kristin Wiig as Lucy - light hearted, and just the right amount of comedy. 
  • There were a few LOL moments...but not enough. 

Bad parts:

  • The character of Balthazar Bratt. Nothing against Trey Parker as his voice, it's just that the character wasn't great. They tried to give a nod to an older viewing audience than the target audience, by making Bratt 80's themed, but it just didn't work. 
  • The storyline - is the concept of Despicable Me getting old now, or was it just a poor film?

Anyway, if I were you, I'd want until this is on your TV, rather than taking the time to see it in the cinema!


Tastemaker

I seem to remember really enjoying the first one - it was funny, novel and charming. Well, somehow DM3 manages to be none of those things very well.

The characters are familiar, the music is good and the capers and gadgets slick. But there is something about the depiction of women - there are 2 - one - with an unfeasible figure who boots Gru and Lucy out and Lucy who is so super nice -and super kick ass - yet has to wear really ridiculous sandals, the lack of diversity - (if you dont count the minions) - where are the characters of colour? and the very old, tired, seen it all before plot.

It was a diverting enough 90 mins but ultimately pretty pointless and disappointing.

Tastemaker

Ahhh what a disappointment! I've been loving the Despicable Me saga since the very beginning, although I'm not fond of those little ugly minions haha, but this movie was just a bit lame. Did we really need a part 3? I don't think so. Kids will still like it, but it's definitely not as enjoyable as the first two.

Tastemaker

Not awful, but not great. This is yet more proof that the Despicable Me movies have now had their day. The story is so so but there is nothing spectacular about it.. In fact, I can hardly remember what it was actually about!

Little kids will probably still enjoy it and will like seeing the familiar characters again. However, for me there just wasn't enough of the fantastically cute and funny Minions!

Tastemaker

I really loved the first two films, but this is a flop! I hated it. Not enough Minions for one thing. This is a kids film and I saw it with a full house of children with their parents and not as much as a giggle. I thought the humour was a bit crude for a U.

tastemaker

It was an easy watch and a bit of fun (most of the parents laughing harder than the kids) but the amount of minion time was lacking, and it would've been nice if Lucy and the girl's relationship had a bit more focus. This being said, they'd have had to cram an awful lot into 90 mins. ...I don't regret watching it.

tastemaker

Well not the best of the bunch, I enjoyed the musical choices but I think that is about the best thing I can say about this sequel to the sequel. Sadly not enough of the Minions! I did love their prison scenes though!

tastemaker

I really loved the first two movie, but Despicable Me 3 was disappointing. My favourite thing about the series is to see the interaction between Gru and the different minions. However, Gru and the minions were separated in majority of this movie. The funny minion moments also felt a bit forced and was placed in random parts of the storyline. There were still some funny lines but I don't think they were enough to save the movie. 

tastemaker

I love this type of movie. I'm such a kid! I enjoyed Despicable Me and No.2 so was looking forward to the third movie. It was enjoyable and the kids will love it. However I did come away thinking that the writing team were running out of ideas. The twin brother storyline seemed a little "seen it before" and we didn't seem to see a lot of Lucy and the girls. The minions are at their best working with Gru, which didn't happen in this movie so much as they all abandoned him and went to jail. It seemed to be a collection of separate stories and I felt it wasn't as clever or slick as the earlier movies.