Blu-Ray Review – Despicable Me 3

The one thing interesting that the original Despicable Me did was change perspective on the traditional villain/hero dynamic. Giving us the perspective of the villain, using children as part of a scheme, made it interesting to watch because the bad guy was someone we were expected to root for. While we could see the end game, of the “heart of gold” storyline that the film had to have necessarily, it was an interesting premise that could lend itself to some promising stories in the future.

The downside is that eventually at some point, like most animated fare, the interesting parts of the franchise would be taken down and replaced with easily disposable garbage. And Despicable Me 3 represents a financially successful but now creatively bankrupt film.

Simple premise. Gru (Steve Carell) is in the middle of a happy home life when he loses his job as a hero. Reconnecting with his twin brother Dru (also Steve Carell), Gru decides to get back in the villain game. All the while the villain that got away, Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker), looms over Gru and his family.

The problem is that the film is utterly and completely disposable. There comes a point when any film franchise runs out of gas and with the volume of shorts and spin off material there isn’t much left to explore. Despicable Me 3 feels like a short that’s been given feature length status because it’s really shallow.

There’s nothing to the film; it’s just shallow and designed to be instantly forgettable.

There’s an ugodly amount of extras that give a fairly decent look at the film a whole. There’s a lot of EPK style pieces, of course, but there’s enough information that comes out that it gives you a fairly significant insight into the film.

Universal presents Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. Written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio based off the characters created by Sergio Pablos. Starring Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Pierre Coffin, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate, Julie Andrews. Run Time: 90 minutes. Rated PG. Released on: 12.5.17

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