Director(s): Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda
Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel
Age Restriction: PGV
Runtime: 1hr 30min
Release Date: 30 June 2017
Illumination Entertainment's Despicable Me franchise has been nothing but a gold mine for the animated studio, particularly its goofy-loving Minion characters – who have cemented themselves as pop-culture icons.
We are now sitting with the third Despicable Me chapter (fourth if you count the Minions spinoff film) which sees Gru (Steve Carell) and his wife Lucy (Kristen Wiig) fired as secret agents after failing to capture Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) – an 80's obsessed super-villain who enjoys dancing to Michael Jackson tunes whilst pulling off heists.
Gru eventually lightens up after learning of his long-lost twin brother Dru (also voiced by Carell), and is seduced back into the world of super-villainy by the latter.
Lucy on the other hand, new to motherhood, attempts to bond with Gru's adopted daughters: Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Nev Scharrel).
While the three-quel is undoubtedly hilarious (especially its scene-stealing Minions and numerous 80's references), one thing is almost certain… it lacks the heart and soul the original is so renowned for.
Unfortunately, the plot is all over the place as there's way too much going on. We have Gru and Dru's budding relationship, Lucy trying to bond with the girls, Balthazar Bratt's dastardly scheme and finally, a sub-plot involving the banana-loving Minions.
As a result, the story doesn't get enough room to breathe leading to underdeveloped plotlines with heaps of potential.
However; the comedy, well-rounded characters, eye-catching imagery, insane scenarios and high-octane action sequences more than make up for the film's flaws.
With an extra character on his plate, Carell proves that he's more than ready for a challenge delivering an exceptional voice performance as both Gru and Dru.
Wigg continues her impressive streak, while Parker is a wonderful new addition to the cast.
Like Illumination Entertainment's previous efforts, Despicable Me 3 makes up for its narrative flaws with insane action, colourful animation, hysterical humour and over-the-top characters.
The result: A fun animated adventure that will keep eyes glued to the screen.