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Despicable Me 4

Opening Date
04 Jul 2024
95 mins
English with English & Chinese subtitles
Chris Renaud
Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, Pierre Coffin, Joey King, Sofia Vergara, Stephen Colbert, Miranda Cosgrove, Chloe Fineman, Steve Coogan, Chris Renaud, Dana Gaier, Madison Polan
In the first Despicable Me movie in seven years, Gru, the world’s favorite supervillain-turned-Anti-Villain League-agent, returns for an exciting, bold new era of Minions mayhem in Illumination’s Despicable Me 4.

Following the 2022 summer blockbuster phenomenon of Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru, which earned almost $1 billion worldwide, the biggest global animated franchise in history now begins a new chapter as Gru (Oscar® nominee Steve Carrell) and Lucy (Oscar® nominee Kristen Wiig) and their girls —Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Madison Polan)—welcome a new member to the Gru family, Gru Jr., who is intent on tormenting his dad.

Gru faces a new nemesis in Maxime Le Mal (Emmy winner Will Ferrell) and his femme fatale girlfriend Valentina (Emmy nominee Sofia Vergara), and the family is forced to go on the run.

The film features fresh new characters voiced by Joey King (Bullet Train), Emmy winner Stephen Colbert (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and Chloe Fineman (Saturday Night Live). Pierre Coffin returns as the iconic voice of the Minions and Oscar® nominee Steve Coogan returns as Silas Ramsbottom.

Packed with non-stop action and filled with Illumination’s signature subversive humor, Despicable Me 4 is directed by a co-creator of the Minions, Oscar® nominee Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets), and is produced by Illumination’s visionary founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and by Brett Hoffman (executive producer, The Super Mario Bros. Movie and Minions: The Rise of Gru). The film is co-directed by Patrick Delage (animation director Sing 2 and The Secret Life of Pets 2), and the screenplay is by the Emmy winning creator of White Lotus, Mike White, and the veteran writer of every Despicable Me film, Ken Daurio.
By InCinemas  01 Jul 2024
Gru and his crew are back!
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Everyone’s favourite yellow pill-shaped beings are back in Despicable Me 4! This is the fourth main installment and the sixth overall installment in the Despicable Me franchise. Featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Pierre Coffin, Joey King, Miranda Cosgrove, Stephen Colbert, Steve Coogan, Sofía Vergara, Renaud, Madison Polan, Dana Gaier, Chloe Fineman, and Will Ferrell.

Gru (the ever on-point Carell) is tasked by the Anti-Villain League (AVL) to arrest the supervillain Maxime Le Mal (Ferrell) at their alma mater. The arrest was a success but Maxime eventually escapes prison, vowing to exact revenge on Gru.

Carrell is widely beloved for voicing his character but may have just met his match in Ferrell who exudes the same level of exaggeration and unrecognisability in the way his character speaks. In high contrast is Sofia Vergara (the voice of Maxime’s girlfriend Valentina) who sounds indistinguishable.

The AVL relocates Gru and his family for their protection while the Minions are sent to AVL Headquarters, where five volunteer Minions were experimented on for the Mega-Minions program, equipping them with superpowers.

Not even superhero fatigue could deter this franchise from dipping their toes into what was once a most bankable genre. If anything, the Minions prove they can do it all, even if it’s a decade too late.

The family, now living in a well-off residential town, struggle to adapt to their new indentities. They meet their new neighbours, the Prescotts, and their teenage daughter Poppy. The latter recognises Gru and blackmails him into helping her steal the Lycée Pas Bon's mascot, a ferocious badger named Lenny.

Yes, it sounds like there’s a lot going on and yes, it can seem a bit much but despite its multiple branches, this sequel surprisingly works – narrowly escaping from being a convoluted mess by connecting all prongs together in the end. 

One would think the Depsicable Me films would be nothing without the Minions, even with the way this film is marketed with the yellow pills in the forefront. But having seen this latest sequel, we are reminded that the franchise has a lot more to offer – most notably other fan-favourite characters like Gru and his adopted daughter Agnes. This is, after all, a Despicable Me sequel and not a Minions sequel so it was nice to see the former supervillain in the spotlight again.
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