Those yellow money bags are back with the third installment of the Despicable me franchise. Gru is contacted by a brother he’s never met while the minions are dealing with life in jail. Doesn’t that all sound delightful for an animated film? The very successful and much-loved franchise that has seemingly invaded all of our Facebook accounts is looking like a very strong contender to be number one at the box office this summer but did it supply the goods or leave me with a bitter taste in the mouth.
Because of animated films created by companies like Laika and Disney, I expect the best and this wasn’t that so I’m going to tear Despicable Me 3 apart. enjoy. The film’s target audience enjoyed the latest installment as the picture carries forward the colourful and warm animation we are familiar with. Sadly Despicable Me 3 also brought along the simple shallow narrative minions carried in buckets. We witness 4 different quarters of a story involving the characters we’ve met over the last 2 installments but none of these stories really interlock making for a really hollow family picture. The minions are in jail, Agnes finds a goat, Gru meets his brother and Balthazar Bratt is being hilarious, this all leads up to a disappointing finale and an unfulfilling narrative arc. The best part of this film is easily the villain brought to life by South Park’s Trey Parker. The disillusioned super-villain who believes he is the TV genius he played as a child and wishes to cover the countries biggest cities in bubblegum really worked for me. This ridiculous over the top bad guy supplies a small slither of enjoyment. The film overall falls short of what I come to expect from animated movies in the heat of the summer but my sister loved it so it may be a good 90-minute entertainer for any parents
I just don’t understand why effort can’t be put into animated films anymore. Well, in all honesty, I do understand, it’s all about convenience at the end of the day it’s easier and quicker to churn out basic story combined with a beloved character, Cars 3 from early reviews seems to also be part of this problem we will find out Friday. But I really wish it wasn’t that way and one phenomenal team are fighting this trend, their name is Laika. Laika releases a film every 2 years because they take their time creating great cinema. I’m hoping audiences will become wiser when it comes to animated movies but so far that’s not the case, hence the reason Despicable Me 3’s lackluster performance could still secure it the top spot on the Box Office Chart this summer.
Where does it stand in the Franchise?
- Despicable Me
- Despicable Me 2
- Despicable Me 3
Yes, though bad Despicable Me 3 does have the edge on Minions.
My mouthwash film is my favourite picture of last year and I’m compelling everybody to watch it. Kubo and the Two Strings is a wonderful trip to a mystical world writhe with the battle between dark and light, your guide in this world is the joyfully innocent Kubo. This film gives you beautiful animation combined with a worthwhile narrative something Despicable Me 3 was lacking. Click on the image for more information on this underrated masterpiece.