Reviews: he ain’t heavy, he’s my brother – Despicable Me 3
Despicable Me 3,
Directed by Eric Guillon, Kyle Balda,
Starring Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker
Gru, the girls, Lucy, and The Minions return for another wacky adventure. Gru and Lucy are now married and on the trail of a new super villain Balthazar Bratt. The former child star Bratt is now hell-bent on the destruction of Hollywood for turning its back on him. Stuck in the 80s, Bratt is the one that got away from Gru and Lucy, and also the reason that they get fired from their jobs. But as one door closes another one opens and Gru finds out that he has a long-lost twin brother, Dru. With the Minions leaving him as he won’t turn back to being a villain, life is about to change.
I’ll be honest and tell you that I loved The Minions Movie more than any adult really should like a children’s movie, but it’s pure comedy gold for me. The Despicable series of films also makes me laugh, and here I laughed more and more. They don’t rely on the same jokes each time and make sure that there is enough adult humour to combat the child-friendly atmosphere that is usually overpowering.
Straight off the bat the scene with the Minions in jail will go down as one of the true highlights of the year for this 42 year old child. It’s just a perfect blend of prison movie and the love that the writers have for Musical heritage, I honestly was grinning from ear to ear for about an hour after the film for this scene alone. It would be easy for the Despicable films to rely on the same jokes and tones time and time again, you have to give them credit for the development of not just the characters, but the situations that they find themselves in.
The animation has also taken a step forward and the directors and animators pick some really interesting choices of camera angles that just take this from your run of the mill animation to one of the best animations of the year. The soundtrack as well just has you singing along to the songs we all know, and laughing while singing too, no easy task but, as you know, I’m awesome. Bratt is a great addition to the cast and is voiced by South Park creator Trey Parker. Returning voice talent Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, and the girls bring it back to the family affair of the first two movies.
Probably the bravest move that the film makers took is to focus more on the story rather than the actions of the Minions. Don’t worry, they are there and in full force, but the temptation is that they become the focus rather than the story, and this from a man who could easily watch the film on repeat each day all day. But they become the background characters, with their own plot, and it doesn’t get in the way of the new story. With Gru and Lucy fired, along with Lucy’s fear of being a Mom to the girls, there is plenty of conflict. When Dru enters, also voiced by Carell, he wants to be a villain as that is what their Dad was, it gives some more non Minion comedy to the situations.
While I’m sure that there will be many more animations coming this year that will challenge this assertion I’m going to say now that Despicable Me 3 was just the film that I needed to watch today and is the Animated Film of the year for me. That’s so far, so don’t get annoying with me later on if something takes that spot, but it’s a perfect addition to the series, and if they can keep this level of hilarity up along the way I can’t wait for Despicable Me 4 and beyond. Not just for the kids, there is something for everyone in this adventure. Now I’m going to watch The Minions again.