Despicable Me 3: A sequel that sadly still lacks the charm of the predecessors.


I was really hoping "Despicable Me 3" was going to be a good movie. My family went to see the third movie as we all enjoyed the first two movies, but didn't like "Minions" and hoped it was good. When we left, we were all pretty disappointed. We thought that the movie was not as good as the first two and just felt slow and tired. It could have had big laughs and in the end, it just made me feel empty. I'll give you the details on why that is.

The movie opens with Gru (Steve Carell) and his wife Lucy (Kristen Wiig) being fired from the AVL after failing to capture the top villain, Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker), a former child star whose hit show was canceled after he went through puberty. Afterward, Gru finds out that he has a twin brother named Dru (also Carell), he, Lucy and the girls (Margo, Agnes, and Edith), fly to meet him. Right off the bat, Gru doesn't like him, until Dru reveals of his fathers past in which he was a top villain. Wanting his and his wife's job back, he secretly decides to steal a diamond back from Bratt while lying behind his brothers back as Dru thinks they're going into villainy. Meanwhile, the Minions decide to revolt against Gru which eventually ends them up behind bars. I think you can figure the rest out from there.

The problems with the movie are pretty easy to point out. I can tell after the opening logos that I was not going to be in for a great movie, mainly because the film changed up the formula that the previous two movies had. The first two showed a crime occurring by a secret baddie and we have no idea who did it and why. What they did in this film was clearly show the villain way to early into the movie and show him full on committing a crime. They should have waited maybe ten or even twenty minutes before they introduced him. Oh, and speaking of the villain, he's terrible. He's so weak and pretty annoying compared to Vector from the first movie and El Macho from the second, and probably worse than Scarlet Overkill from "Minions" who was also terrible. I also did not like the twin aspect with Dru that they threw in. It also did get annoying and took away moments from the better characters like Lucy and the girls who didn't appear a lot in the movie. The movie does have good moments though. The writers clearly knew that making the Minions the main characters of the last movie was a big mistake and reduced them back to comic reliefs. Also, it has some pretty humorous moments that don't feature the new characters from Lucy and the girls. If the movie had more moments like that, it would be as good as the first two. But sadly, that's not the case.

"Despicable Me 3" really was not a worthy sequel. I did like it, though not a lot as the first two movies. It was pretty pointless. Illumination, I think you need to move on from "Despicable Me" and the Minions now and make more original content like "Sing". You really impressed me with that film, now I want to see some more new creative content from you.

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