Despicable Me 3: Film Review


The first “Despicable Me” film came out 7 years ago and we have been seeing yellow ever since! The world of animated films had been dominated by the mouse for some time now with other studios having some nice wins here and there but now we can say that there is some good competition out there and Illumination Studios is cracking out hit after hit both with critics and audiences alike. “Despicable Me 3” continues the trend with a family friendly film that has a great message and even bigger heart. Gru and the entire family and then some are back! Here is our spoiler free review.

Who would have thought that being a villain could bring out the parental nurturing side of you. Well it may not work for every villain out there but Gru has become an excellent example of bad guy gone good. In the first “Despicable Me” film we see Gru and his Minions use 3 orphan girls to do his dirty work only to fall in love with them and trigger some kind of parenting gene that was dormant. The 2nd film has him joining a special team of good guy agents to stop an evil mastermind with the help of course of the Minions and his new family. Lets get started now to the 3rd film that goes even deeper into the family life and parenting life with some real world issues that new families go through.

“Despicable Me 3” is going to connect with so many of its existing fans and bring in new ones at the same time. Why? How? Every year more and more studios are releasing animated films with all sorts of budgets. From the indie to the big studios and a lot go unnoticed. It is hard to find that formula that will resonate with not just the kids but also the adults in the seats to keep them coming back. Box office success isn’t everything but at the end of the day this is a business right? We start off with Gru and Lucy on a mission to thwart the evil plan of Balthazar Brat voiced by Trey Parker. He has to be one of the best villains we have seen in the Despicable Universe. Maybe it’s the 80’s music or the shoulder pads but he seems to steal the show and accounted for a lot of our knee slapping laughter throughout the film. Yes Minions we still love you too… From the trailers you kind of get an idea of what is going on in the film. Gru finds his lost long brother and they embark on one last evil scheme right! Wrong! LOL It kind of plays out like that but we will not spill the beans on this.

The Minions have taken on a cult following of their own and their film alone grossed $1.1 Billion at the World wide box office but that hasn’t gone to their little yellow heads. They serve an important role and add another dimension to the story at hand. Gru has been fired from the Agency and that has caused some tensions in the family. It is wonderful how some of these real world issues are put on screen and the family dynamic on how they work it out is done so well. Th girls (Margo, Agnes, & Edith) all feel the tension and Agnes even tries to sell her toys to help daddy Gru in paying the bills. (I wanted to cry since I can relate somewhat). All this leads them to discover Gru’s long lost brother and here is where the story kicks into 2nd gear! Off to meet Dru they g, Lucy, the girls and a couple of the Minions are airborne and off to see what this is all about.

We had a big grin throughout the entire film and this is something that Illumination Studios does so well. The underlying story of Lucy becoming the girls parents is touched on many times and handled very carefully. I am sure many will be able to relate as they watch on screen because they may in the same situation. It isn’t easy to be able to work this kind of emotion and heart into an animated film though the actresses behind Lucy (Kristin Wiig) and Margo (Miranda Cosgrove) do a marvelous job transferring there talents on screen to these characters. You will see a lot of key moments with them as it builds there relationship as well as with the other girls. The other relationship you see blooming is the one between Gru and Dru. How do you turn someone away from a life of crime especially after becoming a family man? You show them all of your great toys and where they came from and how they must continue the family business. Steve Carrel handles the voices of both Gru and Dru here so I can only imagine all the fun he had doing so. Where are the Minions in all of this you ask? They are there, don’t worry, trust me they are there. Truth is we would have loved to see more of them in the film but they tend to steal the show every time they are on screen. Again, we are ok with that but that is maybe why they have their own films now. Look for Pharrel Williams again taking over the music portion of the film as he wrote and produced 5 new tracks and here is one of them!

This summer “Despicable Me 3” is a fun and funny watch at the movies for you and the entire family. It continues the story of Gru and his ever growing family and how he is really one big teddy bear. With a solid and funny supporting cast (yes the Minions as well) “Despicable Me 3” will leave your belly aching of laughter and a tear in your eye as it has just as much heart. Stay tuned for our interview with Miranda Cosgrove!


The team who brought you Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, returns to continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions. Despicable Me 3, directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon, and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017.

The animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.

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