Monday, 31 July 2017

Despicable Me 3 Review










Despicable Me 3


Release Date: 15th June 2017 - Australia


Production Companies
Universal Pictures
Illumination Entertainment

Distribution
Universal Pictures Australia


Genre: Animation/Family 

Rating: PG

Runtime: 90 minutes


Budget: $80,000,000

Box Office Gross: $819,225,800 (Worldwide) (This figure may change as new editions earn more money and increase the overall value of the box office gross)


Plot Summary
The mischevious Minions hope that Gru will return to a life of crime after the new boss of the Anti-Villain League fires him. Instead, Gru decides to remain retired and travel to Freedonia to meet his long-lost twin brother for the first time. The reunited siblings soon find themselves in an uneasy alliance to take down the elusive Balthazar Bratt, a former 1980s child star who seeks revenge against the world. 


Voice Cast
Steve Carrell - Gru/Dru
Trey Parker - Balthazar Bratt
Julie Andrews - Gru's Mom
Kristen Wiig - Lucy Wilde
Miranda Cosgrove - Margo
Dana Gaier - Edith 

Nev Scharrel - Agnes
Pierre Coffin
- Minions/
Various
Steve Coogan - Fritz/Silas Ramsbottom
Jenny Slate - Valerie Da Vinci
Andy Nyman - Clyde the Robot
Adrian Ciscato - Niko
Katia Saponenko - Niko's Mother
Chris Renaud - Additional Minions

Crew
Directors - Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda
Co-Director/Character Designer - Eric Guillon
Screenplay - Ken Daurio & Cinco Paul

Executive Producer - Chris Renaud
Producers - Janet Healy & 

Christopher Meledandri
Character Designers - Nicolas Bauduin & Carter Goodrich
Additional Character Designer - Chris Reccardi 
Animation Directors - Bruno Dequier & Julien Soret 
Layout Supervisor - Regis Schuller
Film Editors - Claire Dodgson
Score - Heitor Pereira
Original Songs and Themes - Pharrell Williams


Review
So sorry for taking break in getting the review for the third DESPICABLE ME instalment finished, as I was busy with my long-term animated project to also get it going. The series is still appealing to youngsters and are keeping the high amount of box office receipts with its prequel spin-off MINIONS (click here) as the second top-grossing animated feature next to FROZEN. However, viewers are sceptical that this latest three-quel will be a minor letdown like the aforementioned feature that turned out to be wearisome as expected. The makers from Illumination have not given up hope on the franchise as the first movie was such a success, the question was what needed to be done to begin a film series. That being said, DESPICABLE ME 3 was a slight improvement and reduces the problems that have been mostly addressed from the forgettable spin-off. The minions get less screen-time and were still the primary focus on the film that has its outrageously funnier moments. The animation was brightly sugar-coated and the brand of creativity is still there as much of this was retained from the first two instalments. 

Steve Carell is back to not only voice the main character Gru but also portrays in a dual role as his long-lost twin Dru whom he hasn't seen in ages. Trey Parker of SOUTH PARK fame lends his voice in a children's movie as Balthazar Bratt, a bitter actor turned super-villain who is stuck in the 80s and is bent on recapturing the glory days through wreaking havoc and mayhem.

DESPICABLE ME 3 was not much better or greater than the original. The zaniness appeared to be intact and there is not much it can do to live up to the greater charm of the first two. I considered it as always to be the most highly-entertaining animated film that the families can all enjoy. I recommend that you must see it in theatres or if you miss out wait to catch up with this movie on DVD or video streaming.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie


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