FILM REVIEW: Despicable Me 3 proves franchise has legs

PUBLISHED: 15:12 28 July 2017

Despicable Me

Despicable Me

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After two successful films and a minions spin-off, comes the third instalment proper in the Despicable Me series.

This time supervillain-turned hero Gru, again voiced by Steve Carrell, has to cope with losing his job at the anti-villain league after a string of failures. Kristen Wiig reprises her role from the second film as his new wife Lucy who, as well as coping with their recent unemployment, is still finding her feet as mother to Gru’s three adoptive children - Margo, Edith and Agnes.

Added to the mix this time is Gru’s long lost twin brother Dru and new villain Balthazar Bratt voiced by South Park’s Trey Parker.

Rather than adhering to the law of diminishing returns this third installment is actually an improvement on number two with some genuinely funny moments.

Gru’s army of Minions provide their usual brand of slap stick humour, which will delight younger viewers, however it is 80s obsessed villain Balthazar Bratt who is the star this time.

The absence of original villain Vector was one of the reasons the first sequel was rather mediocre, but writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio have remedied that this time with the addition of Bratt, a former child prodigy who has been warped by the Hollywood lifestyle.

Bratt commits robberies while moonwalking to Michael Jackson tunes and instead of engaging in hand-to-hand combat prefers a one-on-one dance off.

In fact the character is so entertaining you almost end up rooting for him.

Twin brother Dru - also voiced by Carell - adds an interesting dynamic to the group and Lucy’s attempts to connect with the young girls is, at times, genuinely moving.

Despicable Me 3 proves the franchise still has plenty of legs.

An amusing mix of kid friendly laughs, 80s gags for the older generation and a bad guy that will live long in the memory.

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