Despicable Me 3 started out a little all over the place…but redeemed itself as a decent entry in the series.
We are introduced to the new villain Balthazar Bratt, played hilariously by Trey Parker (South Park). He really steals the show, with all the great 80’s references that the parents will enjoy. His character is a former child star, Evil Bratt, who is hell-bent on revenge with Hollywood for cancelling his show. Gru also finds out he has a twin brother, Dru (also voiced by Steve Carrell), who was raised as a villain…oh and he has hair.
The movie is a little uneven as there are a few subplots that make the film seem scatterbrained. The minions are off on their own adventure for most of the film. Lucy (the wonderful addition from the last film of Kristen Wiig) spends the movie trying to bond with her new daughters. While Gru is getting to know his brother and considering the life of villainy again.
One of my favorite parts of the series is Pharrell Williams score and original songs, again they stand out and give a little something else for the parents in the audience to enjoy. As well as the 80’s songs played while Balthazar Bratt are on-screen. Get ready to wiggle in your seat to Take On Me, Bad, Into the Groove, 99 Luftballons and even more 80’s rock classics.
The movie ended on a high note as all the subplots came together nicely and it, of course, set up a continuation of the series. It was not the best of the series, but not necessarily the worst, and it also garnered enough laughs out of me to be somewhat enjoyable. As Gru says in this movie, “Sometimes you want a Unicorn, and you get a goat.” Despicable Me 3 wasn’t that bad, but you could probably wait to catch this one at home.