An unnecessary but ultimately harmless sequel, ‘Despicable Me 3’ takes the outlandish premise of the 2010 original and ups it to eleven as Steve Carrell’s villain-turned-hero Gru flirts with the possibility of returning to his wicked ways.
Introducing a trapped-in-the-80’s nemesis (Trey Parker, better known as one of the creators and voice talents of ‘South Park’) and Gru’s particularly more charming twin brother (also voiced by Carell), ‘Despicable Me 3’ is in no short supply of colourful side characters, something that benefits the film as the reliance on the indecipherable Minions has started to wear thin.
Despite supporting voice work from Julie Andrews and Kristen Wiig, this film ultimately proves to be Carrell’s show through and through, and his dedication to the animated lunacy keeps things afloat as there’s only so many Minion-centric musical numbers one can view before it becomes evident that this threequel is running out of ideas; having said that though, their talent show piece is a joy to watch.
With enjoyable sight gags to keep both the young and older viewers entertained (the 1980’s design of Parker’s Balthazar Bratt is a real treat for those familiar with the era) ‘Despicable Me 3’ sits comfortably alongside the 2013 sequel as a series entrant that doesn’t match the greatness of the original, but doesn’t taint its legacy either.
Despicable Me is in cinemas now. Watch the trailer below: