DESPICABLE ME 3

★★★★

Voices by Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Steve Coogan, Julie Andrews, Jenny Slate
Directed by Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin, Eric Guillon

2017 / 90 Minutes / Universal Pictures

Reviewed by Sarah

Well, Gru and his little minions did it again – their fart jokes, slapstick comedy, and immature behaviour made the audience laugh over and over again. But what I think really makes this movie shine is its 80s-centric theme.

The villain, Balthazar Bratt, is a washed up 80s child actor all grown up who takes revenge on Hollywood after cancelling his TV series. He clings on to his childhood stardom by continuing to listen to this favorite 80s music, like Bad by Michael Jackson, with his walkman, doing old school dance moves like the running man, and keeping his outdated shoulder pad suit jacket and MC hammer pants. His hair remains the same, business in the front, party in the back, but now, with a little bald patch at the back of his head. It’s all these nostalgic elements from the movie that resonated with me. As soon as Bratt came on screen, I was instantly transported back to my childhood, and immediately brought a smile to my face. And if you are a child of the 80s, you probably have kids right now, whom you now can share new memories with this movie.

I have seen the previous two Despicable Me movies and I loved them, but I think this one is my favorite out of them all because of that 80s nostalgia. However if you did not see the first two movies, you may not be able to follow this movie, as a lot of the storylines are a continuation from the previous movies.

While I like the fast pace of the movie, I also think it was it’s downfall. With the multiple story lines to follow, there is no time to sink in and connect with the characters, and feel their emotions. It’s like one minute, they’re angry, and then the next their happy. I guess those are the feelings of an eight year old these days.

Despicable Me 3 mixes silly humour for kids and clever humour for adults making it a go to movie for all ages.

Grade B+

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