We fell in love with Gru (voice of Steve Carell) when we first saw him in 2010 as the super villain who can’t stop being good. The film was a super hit because of its simplicity in presenting human emotions.
Gru's adventurous attempt to steal the moon was so well-appreciated that it became one of the biggest grossing animation films of the time. The success of the film led to a franchise like many others in the animation category.
Now here we are with the third instalment of the Despicable Me series in 2017. We must not forget the additional 2015-spin-off—the adorable Minions teaming up with Gru—which again took the cake for awesomeness when it released. But if you are expecting them to have a larger role in this film, you are in for some disappointment. Even if the minions acquire the maximum space in many of the movie’s posters, they remain in their parallel world—making rare on and off appearances—just to add a few awe moments to the film. They only do things that deem important to them, something like an impromptu dance-music performance when they accidentally land up on a reality show stage or making a plane out of motors from washing machines, toilet seats and monochrome fabric.
The double bonanza, however, comes in the form of Gru. The villain-turned anti-villain discovers that he has a twin brother, Dru. The story of his twin’s existence is made interesting by the brief (like the previous films) appearance of their mother, Marlena Gru (voice of Julie Andrews). If Gru's priority in the first movie was to take care of his adopted daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and proceeded thereon to his romantic association with Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) in the second, the third instalment remains mostly about discovering his love for his brother, who, even according to their dead father, is a loser in all respect. Even if Gru doesn’t seem to like his brother initially, like always he has a change of heart.
Gru is trying to live a reformed life, leaving the villainy behind, but Dru convinces him for one last adventure—stealing the world's largest diamond to live up to their father’s image of the super villain of his time. And we have the movie's villain Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker)—a former ‘80s child TV star who has turned to a life of crime—in his purple suit. He is a stark contrast to Gru-Dru's monochromes, adding colour and unadulterated humour to the film with a lot of pop-culture references, even taking a jibe at the world called, Hollywood.
Just like the minions, the three adopted girls, too, have sub-plots. One of the funniest and philosophical being Agnes’s obsession with unicorns, again associated to the basic human nature of finding the non-existent. While she surprisingly finds one, it's only later that she discovers it's just a goat and is happy to accept that too.
But besides a few of these awe moments and the regular funny situations that Gru has to tackle, not much is extraordinary in the film. But beauty lies in the ordinary. Despicable Me 3 gives you enough moments to just sit and laugh.
Director Pierre Coffin does his best with writers Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul (who’ve been with the series since the beginning) by adding a bit of freshness.
Dru is planning and plotting another mischief by the time the movie ends. You know there's another film from the franchise in the offing, let’s see if the next instalment too tickles us similarly.
Film: Despicable Me 3
Starring (voice): Steve Carrel, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Pierre Coffin
Director: Pierre Coffin