Despicable Me 3 (2017): Two Grus can’t Escape the 3rd Films Curse

Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda | Produced by: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy | Written by: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio | Starring: Steves Carrell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Jenny Slate, Steve Coogan | Music by: Heitor Perreira, Pharrell Williams | Edited by: Claire Dodgson | Production Company Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment | Distributed by Universal Pictures | Official Website


When I first saw the trailer of Despicable Me 3 few months ago, I was thinking, “Oh here we go again, the third installment.” After so many great movies are ruined just instantly when they released the third installment, I wasn’t expecting more of this movie. I was watching for the girls. And always the girls. For me, Margo, Edith and Agnes are the cutest element of Despicable Me that need to be explored more than just those boring, squeaky, yellowish thing that try so damn hard to look cute called Minions. I never thought the whole Despicable Me franchise to be as hilarious as other people think. They’re funny yes, but not hilarious. This movie even has some more cringed moments instead of hilarious one.

In this third movie installment of Despicable Me franchise, regardless the spin-off movie Minions (2015), Gru (still played by Steve Carrell) and his wife Lucy (Kristen Wiig) are fired from the Anti-Villain League after they were failed restraining Balthazar Bratt (played by South Park’s Trey Parker). Going home to their daughters, Gru finds out that he has an estranged twin brother that lives on Freedonia, called Dru (also played by Steve Carrell). Dru should be an upgraded physical version of Gru with less villainous character. He is blond, lives on a mansion, having many luxury cars and even helicopters. However, since he is lack of villainy character, their father thought he is a shame to family tradition. So, he contacts Gru to teach him how to be a villain. Gru then ask Dru to steal the biggest diamond in the world that has been stolen by Bratt. 

Anyway, this movie is suffered to what’s called “the third films curse” that happened so many times before and ruined such great franchises like The Matrix, Alien, Tobey Maguire’s Spiderman and even The Godfather. This movie has lost its charm, thanks to the busy plot so it feels like a TV series that try to air all their multiple episodes at the same time. The movie is also not entertaining enough for adults, and not colorful enough for children. They probably think that the key to Despicable Me’s success is The Minions, so they try to give the minions more portions in this movie. Those additional Minions portions are also failed. They seem to forget that the main element of this movie is Gru, and when Gru lost his charm, the movie also lost its charm. 

Gru has lost his cunning as one of the world’s greatest villain and awkwardness when it comes to his interactions with both Lucy and the girls. Carrell seems to only differentiate Gru from Dru by giving Dru a weirder accent. I believe you can feel the boredom of Lucy and the girls watching Dru and Gru complete each other’s sentences. While Gru is trying to reconnect with his estranged twin brother, Lucy is trying to be a mom for her three adopted daughters. The cuteness of the girls have not gone and still would give you those “aaaawww” moments, but the other humors is more cringing than it should be.

After all, this movie is a good choice for family and friends gathering and watching without thinking about other worldly traits. Be careful watching this movie with your kids, there were some Minions nudity here.


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