Despicable Me 3 was everything I thought it would be – an amusing but flawed story. Now, I will preface that statement by stating the obvious – five-year-old me would have given this movie a standing ovation. While I do believe they corrected some of the issues that made the second movie such a letdown, I think this one could have been much better. Yes, it was entertaining, but considering it was a children’s movie, I found some of the themes a little odd. That being said, I think they’ll go right over most children’s heads, so…no harm no foul, I guess.
Much like the previous two films, Despicable Me 3’s primary message preaches the importance of family. During the first film, Gru adopts three children with no intention of keeping them, but after having a change of heart, Gru learns to love and a family is born. In the second film, Gru’s daughters want him to start dating because they want him to be happy and give them something they’ve always dreamed of — a mother. Which is exactly what happens. Which brings us to Despicable Me 3, a movie that highlights the daily challenges families face on a regular basis. And to be honest, I thought they did a wonderful job of portraying that message. Stories like these are meant to teach children about life. Take this franchise for instance, a story about a villain turned hero and loving father. Ultimately, it’s important for children to learn that making a bad decision doesn’t make you a bad person. Failure and bad decisions are a part of life, it’s what you do after that’s important. As a former teacher, uncle and father someday, I can get behind Despicable Me 3’s message.
As far as the characters are concerned, Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig were excellent as usual – Carrell especially. I say that because this time around, he plays the role of two characters, Gru and his twin brother Dru. Throughout the movie the two struggle to get along, but when push comes to shove, family is family. The villain in this movie, Balthazar Bratt, voiced by Trey Parker, was hilariously entertaining. While some may disagree, growing up a South Park fan, I consider Parker a genius. He brought such a fun and crazy feel to the character of Bratt, a former child star turned supervillain.
All in all, I would recommend this movie to anyone with children. You may not love it, but your kids will. Every time the Minions were on screen, all the kids went nuts. I don’t understand it, but it made them laugh and that’s what’s important. Combine that with another goofy storyline and the handful of heartwarming moments and you’ve got yourself a great movie to take the fam to.
Despicable Me 3 is a fun and entertaining movie for children and fans of animation. It’s funny and has a positive message. At the end of the day I wish they hadn’t relied so much on old jokes, but the kids in the theater didn’t seem to care, so, I can’t complain.