Messy 'Despicable Me 3' offers a few laughs, but not enough heart


You could be forgiven for feeling confused by "Despicable Me 3's" trailers, each of which suggest director Eric Guillon and Kyle Balda's film is about a different subject.

But Gru's not exactly the sharpest anti-villain fighter, and when the head of the League is replaced by a stiletto-heeled corporate hatchet-woman, Grucy is out of work after a botched mission against a shoulder-pad and mullet wearing super-villain from the 1980s, Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker). The element of the first "Despicable Me" that made it so grand was its unexpected emotional quality, where Gru took in three orphaned sisters wanting a new home. The two engage in a very entertaining dance fight with Gru (Steve Carell) who manages to retrieve the diamond but does not capture the dastardly Bratt.

First we heard Carell modulate his cartoon delivery to show how Gru's adoptive daughters were thawing his heart, and now he goes up another half-octave for a brother act.

Despicable Me 3, the third instalment animated comedy drama in the Despicable Me series, is slated for June 30 release and if critics reviews are anything to go by then fans will not be disappointed with the film.

What is Gru going to do?

Ken Daurio, one of the writers of the movie, talked to The Hollywood Reporter about the Minions, Steve Carell's double part, and other fun stuff. The addition of 60 members of a choir-who sing through tin foil-created a distortion complementing Pereira's original "80s sounding synth score to match Balthazar Bratt's style. And also she is an incredibly kind and pleasant person to be with". Dru wants Gru to return to his evil ways and form a partnership of sorts. The Minions who proved that they couldn't hold a movie together for a full 90 minutes normally would at least offer up some exciting cameos, however, their scenes ihere are largely unremarkable.

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Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award victor Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central's global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon.

The prospect of meeting Gru's brother is interesting, until we actually meet the guy. I was laughing out loud more than a few times.

One thing that Despicable Me has always done well is a great soundtrack and these new tracks do not disappoint. I feel like he was just there to help the plot along.

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"Despicable Me 3" picks up where 2013's "Despicable Me 2" left off, not after 2015's Minions Movie" (the most fun of the whole bunch).