Movie: DESPICABLE ME 3
Rating: PG, action and rude humor
Release Date: June 30, 2017
Jeanne: Tooooooooooo cute --- I love it! This franchise has never been my favorite, but truthfully, "Despicable Me 3" is the best of the bunch. While I found the first installment to be mean-spirited, and the second was just plain stupid, this time around writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, who have written all three, have penned a rather touching and ultimately very funny story about love and family.
Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) and his wife Lucy (voiced by Kristen Wiig) have just been fired by the new director of the Anti-Villain League (AVL), Valerie DaVinci (voiced by Jenny Slate), for failing to capture Balthazar Bratt (voiced by Trey Parker). Bratt played a young super villain as a child on a wildly popular TV show which was promptly canceled when he hit puberty. Now he's that crazy criminal as an adult --- and Gru's personal nemesis.
Deserted by the Minions who want Gru to return to his nefarious ways, Gru and Lucy struggle to tell their daughters, Margo (voiced by Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (voiced by Dana Gaier) and Agnes (voiced by Nev Scharrel), that they are unemployed. But none of this matters when Gru very unexpectedly learns that he has a twin brother.
Dru (also voiced by Steve Carell) lives in the country Freedonia, and oversees the family business of pig farming. But he longs to pull one big heist with his infamous brother Gru. His immense wealth affords the twins all of the toys necessary to pursue Bratt who has stolen the world's most expensive diamond.
All of this may sound silly --- and it is. But there are so many wonderful moments in "Despicable Me 3" that there are almost too many to enumerate. First, the girls, Margo, Edith and Agnes, create a luau for their parents because they missed a honeymoon. Watching Gru try to enjoy the gummy bear/meat soup is beyond sweet.
Then there is Agnes, who is totally adorable, trying to find a real unicorn in an enchanted forest in Freedonia. When she espies a one-horned goat which she believes is a unicorn and makes it her own --- well, it just doesn't get any more precious.
The relationship between Gru and Dru, though a bit predictable, is nonetheless heartwarming and immensely meaningful. These up-until-now unknown brothers come to love one another deeply, and isn't that just what we all need right about now?
"Despicable Me 3" should be a requirement for families. But you don't need a child to enjoy it! It's a classic --- reminding all of us of the importance of cherishing those we love --- Minions definitely included!
Opinion: See It Now!
David: A third installment of the "Despicable Me" franchise falls into the category of "Why a third one?". As one reviewer not particularly enamored with the first two pictures, I had to question the reasoning for bothering to show up at this screening.
Well, it turns out that "Despicable Me 3" is well worth an hour and a half of your time. Those little yellow creatures called Minions are not nearly as relevant as in the first two films. They're cute, but a small dose of their act goes a long way. Instead, the main character of Gru (Steve Carrell), now on the good side, at least temporarily, shows a lot of humanity, especially as it relates to his adorable daughter, Agnes (Nev Scharrel).
Gru discovers he has a twin brother, Dru (also Steve Carell), and the fun begins when Dru insists they return to a life of crime, at least for one more caper. Trey Parker voices the super villain, Balthazar Bratt, who has stolen a diamond that makes the Hope look tiny. Gru and Dru make it their business to pursue Bratt, who uses bubble gum as his main weapon. That particular detail by writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio gets a bit tedious, although the kids seemed to love it.
As it turns out, "Despicable Me 3" is the best of the franchise. Jeanne loves it and I can see why.
Opinion: Mild See It Now!