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Despicable Me 3 is directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin, and it features the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, and Miranda Cosgrove. When Gru discovers that he has a twin with whom he was separated from at birth, he travels to the island of Freedonia to meet his richer and more successful brother, Dru. This is the third film in the Despicable Me series, so does it fall more in line with those films or the Minions movie?
Despicable Me 3, while it isn't a bad movie, it's certainly not a very good one. As far as quality of the film is concerned, this film is more along the lines of Minions rather than the other two films in the series. There aren't a lot of real flaws I can think of in the movie, but it never really goes above and beyond. It never really feels like they were trying to make a good movie with Despicable Me 3. The premise of Gru meeting his twin brother is interesting enough, but it gets played out very quickly in the movie, then it just becomes repetitive and boring.
What has made this franchise successful for the most part, in my opinion, is its originality. The first and second Despicable Me films were different from most kids movies, and that's why they were enjoyable. Despicable Me 3, however, just feels like your generic kids movie. It doesn't do anything new, and it never really tries to become anything more than the type of movie you put on to keep your kids entertained for a couple hours.
The villain in the film was Balthazar Bratt, a former child TV star that seems to be stuck in the 80s. His backstory was interesting enough, and some of the gadgets he had were actually quite clever, though the character itself was literally a mustache-twirling villain. South Park's Trey Parker did the voice of the character, and he did a pretty good job. You could tell that he was having fun with it.
The first five minutes of the film were actually pretty enjoyable. When I sat down, the movie started, and those first five minutes were happening, I was thinking to myself "Alright, this is pretty fun. I can do this". However, after those first five minutes, the film seems to just drop off a cliff. It becomes significantly less interesting. I'd go as far to say that it even became boring. Nothing in the movie really makes you want to watch it. As a result of that, this hour and a half long movie easily feels like its pushing two hours long. About half way through this movie I did something that I almost never do. I went to the bathroom. Here's the catch. I didn't actually have to go to the bathroom, I just wanted to get up and walk around before I was bored to death.
While this isn't the Minions movie by any means, there are certainly a lot of minions in this film. So take that for what you will. Minions are a really love/hate thing for most people. So if you enjoy the minions, you'll probably enjoy this film. If you don't, you won't.
Despicable Me 3 is pretty much exactly what you would expect from the third film in any generic animated kids franchise. It doesn't bring anything new to the table, though there are little things about it that are enjoyable. For the most part, the film never exceeds average. It wasn't a bad movie necessarily, just one that is extremely forgettable. Legitimately, when sitting down to write this review, at first I forgot what movie it was that I saw last night, and I feel like that pretty much sums it all up.
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