Director(s): Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda
Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker (VOICES)
Release Date: December 5, 2017
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
Illumination, who brought moviegoers Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, and the biggest animated hit of 2015, Minions, continues the story of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down Balthazar Bratt, the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother—a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps—one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.
Gather up the entire family for another fun, funny and over the top animated adventure with all of your favorite ‘despicable’ characters in Illumination’s ‘Despicable Me 3’. Having finally begun to find his place in the world, Gru (Carell) is currently working as a good guy along with the AVL and his partner Lucy (Wiig) who just might also be the love of his life. Still raising his wonderful three young girls and finally finding a perfect balance, everything is thrown into disarray when the antics of infamous child actor turned super villain Balthazar Bratt (Parker) lead to problems in the workplace for Gru. With more than enough to handle already, the sudden discovery of an unknown twin brother named Dru causes Gru and his family to head out and meet the mysterious twin whose revelations about their family subsequently result in Gru beginning to question many of his recent life choices.
‘Despicable Me 3’ serves up another grin inducing and (largely) family friendly helping of animated fun and laughs as well as plenty of over the top action that is certain to please longtime fans of the franchise. Continuing the ongoing story from the previous two movies, it takes viewers on another amusing and enjoyable journey overloaded with everything most fans are likely to expect and plenty of new surprises and challenges for our favorite characters to overcome. It occasionally struggles from attempting to tackle too many storylines in its ninety minute runtime and many elements within can come off feeling unnecessary or a bit duller than they should be. Fortunately the majority of its issues can be forgiven by the positive elements and its ability to retain the action, fun and heart of its predecessors, along with providing a delightfully ridiculous new villain in Balthazar Bratt who the always hilarious Trey Parker really molds into something special. Sporting another notable voice cast comprised of numerous new and returning individuals to the franchise including Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier and Nev Scharrel along with more and all capably guided around each goofy turn by directors Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin who are no strangers to the series having each co-helmed previous installments in the franchise. I would certainly urge fans of the series to make a point of checking out ‘Despicable Me 3’ when you have the opportunity to do so, it’s another fun, goofy and amusing ride for the whole family that anyone who enjoyed the first two ‘Despicable Me’ films and the ‘Minions’ movie surely won’t want to miss out on.
Overall, ‘Despicable Me 3’ delivers plenty of silly fun, zany action and a plethora of new adventures and troubles for our group of beloved characters to deal with. Longtime fans of the series are certain to have a great deal of fun with the latest entry and though it does suffer a few minor issues, it still manages to come together into another ridiculously enjoyable animated adventure that the whole family should enjoy. ‘Despicable Me 3’ is definitely recommended, particularly for fans of the franchise and of similar animated family-friendly films. Albeit not as unique or overly impressive as the first two ‘Despicable Me’ entries, it still manages to deliver a great deal of fun and laughs that will have no trouble thoroughly entertaining the fans. It should certainly have no problem proving itself well worth your time and the cost of a rental at the very least and folks that own the other films in the series but haven’t yet had the chance to catch this one will likely have few regrets in coughing up the funds for a blind purchase.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Despicable Me 3’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. In a change of pace for the animation company, ‘Despicable Me 3’ marks the first film in the franchise to be shot in a Cinemascope Aspect Ratio as opposed to 1.85:1 as well as the first film from Illumination Entertainment altogether to use the format if I’m not mistaken. The video presentation looks outstanding and provides a bright, detailed and richly colored presentation from start to finish with no noticeable faults of any kind to be uncovered along the way. It holds up beautifully even during the fast moving, darkly lit and heavily populated sequences, never causing anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected, let alone rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a magnificent high definition video presentation that should easily thrill the franchise fans and casual viewers alike.
The Blu-ray release features a DTS: X (DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 channel compatible) soundtrack. Please note that this review pertains solely to the 7.1 channel DTS-HD MA presentation. This multichannel soundtrack sounds fantastic and delivers a consistently crisp, clean and aggressive audio presentation throughout. It constantly takes advantage of all seven available channels in order to immerse the viewer within the animated fun by sending vehicle activity, goofy action effects and a great deal more regularly zipping throughout the various speakers, and never conflicting with any dialogue or other simultaneously occurring audio elements. Overall, this is a wonderful DTS: X (DTS-HD MA 7.1 compatible) soundtrack that contributes plenty of additional fun to the overall viewing experience and should have no trouble pleasing the masses.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Despicable Me 3’ includes a number of amusing extras for fans of all ages. Included on the release is the All-New Mini Movie ‘The Secret Life Of Kyle’ (running approximately 4 minutes in length), in addition to a couple of fun ‘Minion Moments’: ‘Drenched’ & ‘Overkill’ (running approximately 1 minute each) and a ‘Deleted Scene with Introduction by Dana Gaier’ (approximately 1 minute). We are also treated to some behind the scenes Featurettes and fun videos including ‘5 Character Profiles’: ‘Steve Carell: Gru and Dru’, ‘Kristin Wiig: Lucy’, ‘Miranda Cosgrove: Margo’, ‘Dana Gaier: Edith’ and ‘Nev Sharrel: Agnes’ (running approximately 2 minutes each), plus ‘The Making of Despicable Me 3’ (approximately 7 minutes), ‘Developing Dru’ (4 minutes), ‘”Doowit” Sing-Along’ (2 minutes), ‘”Yellow Light” Music Video’ (4 minutes) and ‘Despicable Me TV’ which features three short and amusing faux commercials (approximately 1 minute apiece). Also included are a couple of interactive extras that you can navigate through at your own pace: ‘The AVL Files’ which includes info, videos and dossiers on characters from all three films, and a ‘Freedonia Visitor’s Guide’ which allows you to explore the entire terrain. 2 Galleries: ‘Minion Mugshots’ & Wanted Posters’ are also included.