(Rated PG) 3 1/2 Minions (out of 4)
Gru and the Minions are back in the new film “Despicable Me 3”, and I couldn’t be happier. For me the “Despicable” animated film series is one of the best, and can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
The film series began in 2010 and introduced us to the villainous character Gru (Steve Carell) who had various adventures with his little yellow Minions. When Gru adopted three girls in the first film, he began to change, and was further pushed away from villainy when he married Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig), an Anti-Villain League agent in the second film. Gru is now an agent for the Anti-Villain League, and as the new film opens he and Lucy are sent to take down Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker), a villain and former child actor, who has adopted the persona of the villain he played on television in order to seek vengeance on Hollywood due to his waning popularity. When Gru and Lucy fail to capture Bratt, they are fired from the AVL, and when Gru refuses to return to villainy after losing his job, most of his Minions leave him. Despite some low points in his life, Gru discovers he has a long-lost twin brother Dru (Carell), and the family heads out to meet him.
Gru discovers his brother is super rich due to their father a being a legendary super-villain. While Gru is getting used to having a twin brother, the Minions have been arrested after they trespassed at a talent show, so they are having their own problems. Dru appears to be living in cheese loving country named Freedonia, which provides a bit of culture shock for the Gru family. While at Dru’s house, Gru is convinced to do one last heist to get the huge diamond Bratt has stolen, and take it to the AVL so Gru and be hired again. Gru’s and Dru’s mission to get the diamond is hilarious, and while they are on their mission, the Minions have escaped prison and are on a mission to find their master Gru.
The movie culminates with a showdown in Hollywood between the brothers and Bratt, and features a must see “dance off” between Gru and Bratt. The film ends with a surprise twist, that will no doubt lead to “Despicable Me 4.” I feel the best parts of these films are the witty and fast paced dialogue, and the Minions. If you see the film, I encourage you to pay close attention to the dialogue, lest you miss some of the hilarious chatter. Even though we don’t understand the language of the Minions, we know exactly what they are talking about. The movie runs a brisk 90 minutes, and is fine so the kids in the audience won’t become resetless, but when you are having such a good time with Dru and crew, the time flies. Universal Pictures has done it again with “Despicable Me 3”, a fun film that provides plenty of laughs for the summer movie season.