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Despicable Me 3
神偷奶爸3

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Opening Date
15 Jun 2017
Rating
PG
Runtime
90 mins
Language
English with Chinese subtitles
Genre
Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Director
Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin
Cast
Steve Carell, Miranda Cosgrove, Trey Parker, Kristen Wiig
Synopsis
Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.  Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.
 
Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon.  Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.
 
Reviews
By Freddy  15 Jun 2017
While colourful and fun, the disjointed plot threads make ‘Despicable Me 3’ inferior to its predecessors.
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While the minions are the breakout stars of the ‘Despicable Me’ films, the heart of this franchise is the relationship between Gru (Steve Carell) and his adopted daughters, Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Nev Scharrel). The first film shows a supervillain’s struggle in parenting. The second film focuses on his romance with Lucy (Kristen Wiig), but ties the plot together with the girls wanting a mother figure in their life.
 
Therefore, it is a strange decision in ‘Despicable Me 3’ to separate Gru from the girls as far as possible. It starts out well as they created a backyard honeymoon for Gru and Lucy and how they receive the news of their parents being fired from Anti-Villain League (AVL). However, the balance is off once Gru’s twin brother Dru (also Steve Carell) appears. Dru literally sends Lucy and the girls off to a separate subplot, as he spends most the rest of the film with Gru, going against the supervillain Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker). The females are further separated later on, as Edith and Agnes goes on a wild unicorn chase and Lucy and Margo explore Lucy’s transition in becoming the girls’ mother.
 
The trailers make it seem that the main plot of the film is Gru’s villainous twin brother, Dru, luring him to be a villain again. Unfortunately, it turns out that Dru is not a villain and Gru only seriously considered going back to his villainous ways for perhaps five minutes. The real plot is Gru trying to stop Balthazar Bratt in order to get back his and Lucy’s jobs at AVL. While this is not a bad story, it also fails to involve Lucy and the girls in the story. Dru and Gru’s relationship is meant to be the film’s focus, but it feels tepid compared to the heartwarming bond that Dru has developed with his daughters over two films.
 
How about the minions? They are also sent on a completely different subplot. After their failed presentation to persuade Gru to become a villain again, they quit and go on their own pointless journey. They have zero contribution to the plot in this film. It is good that Dr. Nefario
 
However, most of the problems lie with the plot and other aspects of the film are fine. The animation delivers what can be expected from the previous two films without a kink. They are some funny jokes throughout that are entertaining for the kids. But Bratt’s 80’s style and music are clearly intended to be appreciated by the parents in the audience.
 
The voice acting is decent as well, with special mention to Steve Carell who voices two characters who talk to each other a lot. Dru feels and sounds very different from Gru. Trey Parker makes a fun supervillain out of the spoilt Hollywood dropout. Kristen Wiig has a more complex role from the previous film and she portrays the different facets of Lucy quite well.
 
While colourful and fun, the disjointed plot threads make ‘Despicable Me 3’ inferior to its predecessors. It is well-paced in its 90-minute duration. The children, who are the film’s target audience will be entertained, although adults might not find the film very satisfying. If ‘Despicable Me 4’ is coming, it should return to its emotional core of Gru’s relationship with his daughters.
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