Despicable Me 3

Despicable Me 3

In Theatres: 
Jun 30, 2017
Running Time: 
90 minutes

I’ve accepted the fact that the Despicable Me franchise is not for me and will never be. While I enjoyed the first film, its sequels and Minions spinoff are clearly geared towards the youngest of generations and offer little entertainment value for anyone whose age is in the double digits. There’s no appealing to adults in these films, and Illumination Entertainment doesn’t even try. It’s not like they need to when the franchise has pulled in over $2.6 billion. Despicable Me 3 is no different.


Gru’s (Steve Carell) villainous days are long behind him as he now works as an agent for the Anti-Villain League capturing the bad guys alongside his wife Lucy (Kristen Wiig) instead than being one. Unfortunately he’s about as skilled as being a hero as he was a villain, and after failing to capture the diamond-stealing Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker), he and Lucy are fired from their jobs. It’s at this point Gru learns he has a wealthy twin brother, Dru, who is eager to learn in the ways of villainy. Seeing this as an opportunity to get back into the AVL, Gru agrees to teach his brother and decides that stealing the world’s biggest diamond back from Balthazar Bratt is just the kind of leverage he needs. As it turns out, though, Dru is an even worse villain than Gru.


Despicable Me 3 is an exhausting film that focuses on getting out as many jokes as possible without any concern for its story. Trey Parker’s Balthazar Bratt is about as annoying as they come. A washed up former child star, Bratt attempts to relive his famous days as a “bad boy” by becoming a villain. Everything, from his clothes to his weapons to his music choices, is based on 80’s products. He basically spends the entire film looking like Freddie Mercury and spouting Michael Jackson songs.


Surprisingly the minions were the least annoying aspect of the film. After Gru quit being a villain, the minions decided that they no longer wanted to have them as their leader so they left. The minions are great in small doses and that’s exactly what Despicable Me 3 does. They have their own little side adventure where they get sent to prison, but the film doesn’t rely exclusively on them.


There’s no doubt that Despicable Me 3 will be a huge hit with kids. It’s the film equivalent of cotton candy; they’ll immediately love it despite the fact that it’s devoid of any real substance and will leave you completely drained after a brief sugar rush.

Matt Rodriguez
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