Despicable Me 3 might be regurgitating the formula of the first movie. But it does so with enjoyable zest and fun.
Despicable Me 3 Synopsis
The Anti Villain League fires Gru after he blotches the capture attempt of Balthazar Bratt, a child star turned super villain obsessed with his 80s stage persona. Initially depressed, Gru soon finds solace in the revelation that he has a twin brother named Dru. As the two bond, Dru reveals that their ancestors have always been supervillains, including their father. Dru then offers a proposal that Gru finds hard to resist. A return to a life of high-profile villainy, with a chance at revenge against Balthazar Bratt.
I don’t know about you. But I continue to be amazed by the runaway success of the Despicable Me franchise.
It’s amazing, isn’t it? Part 1 was the first effort of a then unknown Illumination Entertainment. While it had an unusual premise, the story was hardly the first of its kind. Through sheer adorability and fun, though, it won the hearts of viewers and critics alike, establishing what would become one of the most profitable franchises for cinema and merchandising today. What’s even more amazing is that the two sequels did not disappoint. While they did occasionally veer towards being too slapstick, which was especially the case with Minions (2015), that original sense of idiosyncrasy and cleverness was sustained. You don’t get an unforgettable story when you watch any Despicable Me episode. But you are certainly assured of hysterical humour and fun.
This is largely the case with Despicable Me 3 too, which regurgitates the story of Gru trying to adapt to a life of heroism and family, but has enough new inventions to prevent the story from becoming stale. There is that same lovability. Trey Parker’s villain also inserts a slew of 80s inspired jokes, which like the franchise, are hardly original. But nonetheless, would please if only because of their sheer outlandishness.
For some viewers, the anchoring of the story around Gru’s discovery of his twin might feel too cliché. In some ways, suggesting a coming downturn of the franchise too. I choose to look at it another way. While it doesn’t add to the Gru family as a whole, it does complete Gru’s ambiguous personality. This is truly a man with a kind heart who would always be struggling with his darker persona. His addiction for action, be it for heroic or villainous purpose, would ensure plenty more outrageous escapades down the road. I surprise myself by saying this, but for the moment I look forward to more sequels about him. Given I’m quite strongly against sequels, especially those beyond the number 3, I dare say this is the franchise’s achievement. It has worked its magic into me. Despicable Me 3 is its latest flourish.
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