Title: Despicable Me 3 Director: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin Year: 2017 Run time: 1hr 30m
“Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-create of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the 80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.”
1:43 - Being a child star is hard! 2:42 - Love the Michael Jackson clap. 4:23 - You can’t steal a diamond doing the running man, oh my god! 7:17 - “Son of a Betamax.” 14:37 - Frozen in carbonate! Brilliant reference. 18:33 - So far I’m only coveting the minion phrase book and the minion baby mobile. 20:49 - She sold the unicorn! 23:05 - “You never told me I had a twin brother and you told me dad died of disappointment when I was born!” 32:29 - Hybrid villain car. 36:31 - “Was it FLUFFFFFYYYY?” 41:48 - Wasn’t expecting to see minions doing Modern Major General. So weirdly amazing. 50:05 - Even fake eighties TV was rubbish. 54:22 - “You refuse my son’s engagement pig?” 1:01:24 - Minion airways is mega. 1:08:17 - “Life is just like that sometimes. We’re hoping for a unicorn, we get a goat.” 1:14:10 - I find the brat pack really creepy.
I was looking forward to this, you know how I love the minions, but it does suffer somewhat from the problem that hits many sequels - in the end, there just isn’t a strong enough story to sustain even the short ninety minutes of film.
There are some great elements, Bratt allowing some fabulous eighties references is great, and I quite enjoyed the juxtaposition between the twin brothers. But actually, not having enough stories means the film relies too heavily on minions being cute, or pigs scattering the land, or the unicorn sub-plot.
So, it was fine, but really, it was nowhere near as good as the original. I hope they do the right thing and put the series to rest now, it certainly felt like it came to a satisfying ending.