Despicable Me 3
Despicable Me 3 (also stylized as Despicable M3) is a 2017 American computer-animated spy comedy film produced by Illumination and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is the sequel to Despicable Me 2 (2013), the third main installment, and the fourth installment overall in the Despicable Me franchise. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, with Illumination production/character designer Eric Guillon as the co-director, and written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, the film stars the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate, Dana Gaier, and Julie Andrews. Despicable Me 3 premiered at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 14, 2017, and was released in the United States on June 30.
The mischievous Minions hope that Gru will return to a life of crime after the new boss of the Anti-Villain League fires him. Instead, Gru decides to remain retired and travel to Freedonia to meet his long-lost twin brother for the first time. The reunited siblings soon find themselves in an uneasy alliance to take down the elusive Balthazar Bratt, a former 1980s child star who seeks revenge against the world.
- Depending on your opinion, the Minions don't appear too much in the film so we can concentrate on the main story about Gru meeting his brother.
- The humor is still hilarious as always in this movie.
- The characters once again are still very likable, although Dru can get a little obnoxious at times.
- Balthazar Bratt makes this film great, thanks for Trey Parker's performance and how is he written and animated. The idea of an 80's-a themed villain that used to be on TV is also very creative and interesting.
- He also has some of the most memorable lines in the film, like "I've been a bad BOY!" and "It's on like Donkey Kong!"
- The action scenes are still enjoyable to watch.
- The voice acting once again is still solid, including the acting from Trey Parker, the same guy he and Matt Stone created South Park.
- The girls have more important roles in this film than in the previous one.
- The emotional scenes (While as not effective as the previous) are still cute and heartwarming thanks for the interaction of the characters (Like Gru and Lucy, or Gru and Agnes).
- Pharrell Williams once again makes great songs like "Yellow Light" and "There's Something Special".
- The film follows very faithfully to the previous films, and there are some acceptable changes like the fact that Dr. Nefario is frozen or that Agnes had sold her Unicorn, even if these are somewhat sad.
- The idea of Agnes mistaking a one-horned goat for a unicorn is pretty funny. It's also cute when she still loves the goat, even after she was told it wasn't really a unicorn. It also shows that she is strong since she didn't cry about it.
- Nice animation, which is another upgrade from the first two movies.
- The film uses the long lost twin brother cliché and retcons some history of Gru's family.
- The scatological humor (Although there's less compared to the first 2 films) can sometimes be annoying.
- The plot can be a little jumbled and inconsistent at times since it sometimes quickly jumps to another character's part of the story and that some moments aren't mentioned again, but this is thankfully not too hard to follow most of the time.
- Although the voice acting is still solid, Agnes' new voice actor (Nev Scharrel) does a weaker performance than her old one (Elsie Fisher).
- While the movie saved the franchise from its dark imprint that the Minions movie left on the franchise, this movie seems pretty unnecessary considering that if the Minions movie didn't exist, the franchise would have ended up on a high in the second movie and so there would have been no need to produce a new film to expand the franchise's history.
- The scene where Valerie Da Vinci fires Gru and Lucy just because they faield to catch Bratt, which wasn't even their fault, may be too much for some.
Despicable Me 3 has grossed $264.6 million in the United States and Canada and $768.9 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $1.033 billion
Despicable Me 3 received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics and fans of the franchise. The film currently holds a 59% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 198 reviews, with an average rating of 5.7/10 and a critic consensus that says "Despicable Me 3 should keep fans of the franchise consistently entertained with another round of colorful animation and zany -- albeit somewhat scattershot -- humor.". Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 49 out of 100 based on 37 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A−" on an A+ to F scale, down from the first two films' and the spin-off's "A". Most of the fans of the franchise enjoy this one like the previous ones while others consider it as average or just as an Ok film.
It is nominated in the Critic's Choice Awards and also being nominated for Annie Awards as well as 2018 Kids' Choice Awards.