Movie Review: ‘Despicable Me 3’ (2017)

Disclaimer: This movie review may give out some important plot points, so make sure you’ve seen it first.

Review by lou. 

Gru (Steve Carell) and his wife Lucy (Kristen Wiig) must stop former ’80s child star Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) from achieving world domination.

Despicable Me 3 doesn’t retain much of the bubbly and heartwarming charm as its predecessors, yet still manages to entertain albeit not being able to reach the levels of amusement that you’ve met with its predecessors. It’s fun when it’s fun, but the candy-colored flavors that have made this animated franchise unique, solely lacks creative visuals that would’ve at least added a favorable amount of nuance in this entry. Instead, we get set pieces that aren’t really too memorable, as they are missing touches of excellence in almost all areas. For a delayed sequel, the plot feels crammed, with multiple subplots coming in up until you feel like it’s too much for the film to handle. If it ever had an element that needed space for more development, then it has got to be in its antagonist Balthazar Bratt, portrayed by Trey Parker. To admit, this is a villain whose shenanigans are absurd, and fantastic at the same time – in short, he’s pleasing to watch with all the loony, cartoonish schemes in his head. He’s basically its secret weapon whose shots haven’t been all fired.

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Meanwhile, the whole “twin brother” thing that has been used up from time to time, again, becomes the plot for this threequel – making you realize that it could’ve have been the last resort of its screenwriters. It indeed feels lazy but fortunately, some bits of it still work thanks to a charm that shines lowly. Steve Carrell’s Gru, and Kristen Wiig’s Lucy face character conflicts related to their being as a parent and a brother, and it’s fascinating as it is relatable for adults. Something is alive in that narrative aspect, and it’s genuine despite the shortage of touching moments and doses of emotions. In terms of potential though, Despicable Me 3 doesn’t really stand a chance in becoming a wonderful sequel. There are huge signs of exhaustion, most particularly when it comes to the Minions, and its in those parts where its presence feels a little unneeded. It does what it could, and while it’s favorable to see some of its efforts pay off, the smile that it leaves us with at the end just isn’t as ecstatic as before. If a fourth one is underway, what only needs to be said about it is that, they should take their time with it, and not put all those years of creation to waste like they did with this one. It’s still good, it’s not bad, but by its franchise’s standards, it’s just weak. Rest assured though, kids will still enjoy this sequel, and clamor for more.

Rating:
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Despicable Me 3 is now showing in Philippine cinemas from United International Pictures Philippines.
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