Despicable Me 3
Despicable Me 3: Goofiness Meets its Recycled Twin
Movie Review by Trijai Nerthi (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
The third instalment of Despicable Me 3 follows the tried and tested formula. A rocket-speedy pace riddled with craziness, goofiness and a whole lot of fun. Is it as good as the first instalment? Most definitely not! Its recycled humour comes nowhere close to Despicable Me’s quirky comedy balanced with heart-warming moments. But as far as laid-back summer entertainers go, this sequel just about makes the cut.
A happily married Gru (Steve Carell) is distraught when he gets fired from being an Anti-Villain League agent. His disappointment soon turns to shock when he not only discovers his estranged twin brother Dru but also learns that his brother makes a far better villain in comparison to him. Initially, a lot of tension surfaces between the two brothers but this tension dissolves quickly as they hatch a plan to execute one final heist together.
As expected, Despicable Me 3 provides mindless entertainment. Grumpy Gru finds his soft-gooey centre once again and the minions plot a story on their own. Throw in a few fart jokes and a few recycled clichés and you have yourself a sequel that caters to your nostalgia. But be warned, if you expect something new from the film you will be disappointed.
As they set out to abolish evil from their colourful world, you start to realize that the film gets increasingly predictable with each sequel. The villainy is almost extinct and hints of many more sequels make their way into the plot every now and then. So far, their “If ain’t broke, don’t fix it” formula seems to doing just fine. But moving forward, it would help if they kept away from over-stuffing the plot with a truckload of humour and emotions while still expecting the film to proceed at warp speed. This plot recycling is the reason many franchises like The Ice Age have gradually lost their original spark.
As Gru and Dru, Steve Carell’s accent and modulations are as funny as ever. The fun he has recording for these characters seep into their very essence. As Balthazar Bratt, Parker delivers many outdated inferences. Maybe, holding on to just a few elements from the past and merging it with fresher nuances could’ve made his villainy better. Even though the minions have nothing much to do in the film, their fluff-ball presence is enough to milk laughs.
On the whole, Despicable Me 3 serves up the same dish in a slightly shiny wrapper. This works just as long as it’s mindless entertainment, if you’re looking for something new, give this one a miss.