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Despicable Me 3

Cover Media logo Cover Media 05/07/2017

It’s been seven whole years since we were first introduced to supervillain-turned-good guy Felonious Gru (Steve Carell) and his Minions, and my, how things have changed for our lead.

In chapter three Gru is working for the Anti-Villain League (AVL), but after failing to capture former child actor Balthazar Bratt (South Park’s Trey Parker), who is now a bona fide supervillain himself, Gru and his wife Lucy (Kristen Wiig) are shown the door by new AVL boss Valerie Da Vinci (Jenny Slate).

Dismayed by the sacking, Gru and Lucy break the news to their brood of three, former orphans Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Nev Scharrel), who Gru adopted in the first movie. Things get worse when most of Gru’s Minions leave after he refuses to go back to his bad boy ways after his unceremonious firing, but when Gru’s life seems at rock bottom, he suddenly gets introduced to a brother he never knew he had, the charming Dru (also Carell), who boasts a head of luscious golden locks.

Gru learns that after his mother and father (who hadn’t died like he was told) separated, each of his parents got to keep one child. Dru appears to have lucked out with their super rich father, also a supervillain, but he reveals he was constantly dismissed by the patriarch and so is now turning to Gru to learn how to be a villain. But good guy Gru is unwilling to go back to his old life.

While all of this is happening, Bratt has managed to steal the world’s most expensive diamond, a heist Gru had foiled whilst still at the AVL, and is now planning to use it to power his robot to destroy Hollywood as a revenge act for cancelling his show.

Hearing this, Dru seizes his last chance and manages to convince his long lost bro to take part in one final heist and get the diamond himself. Gru agrees, but has his own motives; he wants to get his hands on the jewel so he can impress former boss Valerie and get his job back by handing over the diamond.

But plans are rarely that straightforward and a story of betrayal, kidnapping and a family fall out ensues. Oh and the Minions, who don’t get nearly enough airtime, get jailed along the way and pine for Gru, who they’d earlier walked out on.

Part three of the Despicable Me saga may not be as strong as the first instalments, but one thing’s for sure, kids will love it. And all props to funnyman Carell, who pulls double duty on the Gru/Dru front.

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Wiig, who’s every bit as funny as Carell, is great once again as Lucy and it’s hard to believe the two Hollywood stars didn’t lay their voices down together when recording. Their chemistry is undeniable and they make a great double act.

It may well be time for Carell to hang up his bald Gru hat, but the franchise continues to be fun, frivolous, and full of a hearty message. Maybe Despicable Me 3 marks the right time for Gru and crew bow out gracefully, or maybe this cash cow will continue to be milked.

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