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Review: Despicable Me 3

Roslyn Hull

The world is being threatened by an 80s-obsessed ex-child star, the minions are in revolt and Gru has been kicked out of the Anti-Villian League.

His troubles worsen when he meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for a bit of villainy.

There isn’t much on at the movies for the small folk these holidays. The choice seems to be between this movie and Cars 3. Both great franchises, both glorious examples of animation, both with good hearts. However, I really needed a laugh and seeing Gru and the minions back together again was too good to resist.

I don’t even make a pretence of taking a child with me anymore. My husband and I rocked up with our lattes and joined the line of excited small people. They had a blast, their parents had a blast and the two oldies with their coffees laughed themselves clear of the week’s worries.

You’ve gotta love a minion!

Although there is this great Tumblr story of a teacher asking a little girl why she isn’t using yellow in her drawing and she replies ‘there just too much yellow now’ (in a tone suggesting if she were John Wayne she’d toss back a rye whiskey) and the teacher knows the minions are to blame.

I love minions but, as their solo movie showed, they are not quite enough on their own. So everyone is back this time (including my fav, Gru’s mum) and it is a party from start to finish.

The girls are all in top form, there are multiple subplots involving unicorns, boys, becoming a mother… to support the central themes of revenge and brotherhood. If anything Steve Carell voicing both brothers is even better than him voicing just Gru. Kristen Wiig is great as Lucy too, with her aforementioned adventures into motherhood with a readymade family.

Notwithstanding all that fun, it is the villain, Balthazar Bratt, who will go down in the annals of great cinematic ideas. I laughed every time he was on screen, with his dance battles, his mullet, his shoulder pads and his Michael Jackson moonwalking. Hilarious! In fact, that is the only peril of Despicable Me 3, that you could be laughing so much at one thing that you miss the next rib tickler. The whole idea of cheese signifying betrothal had me rolling around.

Then there are the things happening at the bottom right edge of the screen whilst the main action is front and centre. If you value your neck muscles, maybe see this on a smaller screen – scanning the peripheral action for Kevin, Mel and the rest (or pigs, or police, or cheese) gave me such a crick in the neck.

And finally, back to the minions. They are funny and touching and above all, silly. When the crew has to tough it out in gaol they develop a sort of Westside Story / Jailhouse Rock vibe that is (sorry I have to use the same word again) hilarious. And the construction of the maddest airship ever (complete with a po-faced convict reading a paper, on a toilet) is … well, you get the picture.

Have some fun with the kids these holidays – which you will enjoy too.

Roslyn saw this film as a guest of Limelight Cinemas.

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Ros Hull

Roslyn is a writer and storyteller who loves all things Canberra, her family, sci fi and movies – but not in that order. She has worked in museum education since 2001 and has a passion for imparting knowledge to others. Writing is her happy place, particularly if there is a dog at her feet and a coffee in her hand. More about the Author