Verdict – As humorous as ever.
It is hard to keep repeating the success of a breakout hit with sequels, but Despicable Me 3 manages to do just that. The series has come a long way from the first Despicable Me movie seven years ago. Steve Carell is voicing Gru once again with his ethnically ambiguous accent, along with the new character of Dru, Gru's twin brother. The introduction of Dru has been a successful addition to the franchise's characters. He's the complete opposite of Gru, from a full head of hair to wearing all white in comparison to Gru's grayish black attire.
During the course of the Despicable Me series, Gru has evolved from being a villain to a jelly manufacturer to an Anti-Villain League agent with a loving family. Lucy (Kristen Wiig) is the perfect match for him, with her fair share of goofiness balanced with a clear head. Gru is struggling to remain away from his villainous roots, especially when his brother Dru comes into the picture. Lucy is trying to be a good mother, learning how to be strict and when to be protective. The girls also get their fair share of screen time. Agnes adds to the cuteness factor in the movie, with her unicorn obsession as strong as ever.
Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) is the headlining villain of Despicable Me 3. Bratt is a former child star that went over to the dark side after being boosted out of Hollywood. He's got an equally advanced caliber of technologically advanced weaponry to match Gru's fancy gadgets. He's a clever character, with a sidekick robot, Clive, that manages to be just despicable enough to make you want to see Gru defeat him.
Despicable Me 3 has also managed to balance humor with emotion. There's plenty of comedy in this movie which will make you crack up. Physical gags, funny dialogues, and ludicrous situations are peppered throughout the movie. Minions, voiced by the director Pierre Coffin, are a guaranteed laughter riot. They manage to go on their own little adventure that's delightfully amusing. It also has many moving moments, from watching Gru and Lucy learn how to be good parents, to Gru and Dru's camaraderie and even Gru's relationship with the minions.
Music has always been a big part of Despicable Me series, whether it's the original Despicable Me song from the first movie or the breakout song Happy from the second one. Pharell Williams is back with his magical vocals to add more memorable songs to the Despicable Me 3 soundtrack, out of which 'There's Something Special' and 'Yellow Light' stick with you. It also has a lot of dance-worthy music from the 1980s, including Michael Jackson's Bad.
While Despicable Me 3 might be busier than its predecessors, it is still as entertaining as ever. It might get a little complicated for the kids to follow with multiple side-plots, but they will still love it. Being primarily a children's movie, if you don't think too hard about it, you will enjoy every bit of it.
Why You Should Watch This Film:
Despicable Me 3 is wholesome entertainment for the whole family. You're sure to have a good time, whether or not you have seen previous Despicable Me movies. For fans of the franchise, Despicable Me 3 is just as rewarding, with the promise of more to come.