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Levy Must-Sees: Despicable Me 3

henry@alondon.net (06/07/2017)

Gru, Lucy, their daughters and, of course, the Minions are back for some more fun and games in the perfect summer family blockbuster

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If you are after the perfect family friendly film, ‘Despicable Me 3’ ticks all the boxes.

Gru, Lucy, their daughters and, of course, the Minions are back for some more fun and games.

To recap, in the original ‘Despicable Me’ super villain Gru (Voiced by Steve Carell, from “Evan Almighty” and “The Big Short”) became a father to orphans Margo, Edith and Agnes amid an evil scheme to steal the moon. Gru gave up his life of crime to care for his new daughters, becoming Super Dad in the process. In the 2nd instalment, Gru was recruited by the Anti Villain League, which used his skills as a former villain to bring the baddies to justice. Whilst there he met and fell in love with his spy-partner Lucy. The pair then married, much to the delight of Gru’s daughters.

In Despicable Me 3, there are a few storylines to follow. Gru is fired from the Anti Villain League for failing to take down the latest villain threatening humanity – a former child star called Balthazar Bratt (voiced by Trey Parker of ‘South Park’ and ‘Book of Mormon’ fame) whose career ended abruptly in the ‘80’s. Bratt’s sole aim is to take revenge against and annihilate Hollywood.

Just when Gru thinks his career and life is over, a stranger informs him that his estranged father has died and that he has a long lost twin brother named Dru (also voiced by Steve Carell) who wants to meet him. When Gru confronts his mother (voiced by Julie Andrews, ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Mary Poppins’), she confesses that she had twins and when she and Gru’s father divorced, each of them took a child and went their separate ways.

Gru takes Lucy and their daughters to Freedonia, his fathers’ homeland to meet Dru. It’s not long before Gru is overwhelmed with inferiority when he sees how successful and charming Dru is. Dru quickly reveals to Gru that his lifelong ambition is to become a world class villain like their father and asks for Gru’s help. Gru agrees when he realises that he can use Dru to get to Balthazar Bratt. Together they set out on a challenge of a lifetime.

A Despicable film wouldn’t be complete without those lovable yellow characters - the Minions, who are on a misguided quest for an evil leader who will help them return to a life of crime.
Despicable Me 3 is a fabulous continuation to the franchise. Despite the multiple narrative arcs, the story is well thought out and the addition of Dru adds a new dimension to Gru’s character.

The animation is as superb as always and there are plenty of lol’s in store for viewers of all ages. There are also some great 80’s tracks in the hilarious dance-off scenes between Bratt and Gru, so parents in their 40’s should expect some pop nostalgia. This is a great film for all the family to enjoy this summer.

MOVIE TITLE: Despicable Me 3
CAST: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan, Julie Andrews
DIRECTOR: Eric Guillon, Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin
DISTRIBUTOR: Illumination Films (Universal)
UK RELEASE DATE: 30th June 2017
ISRAEL RELEASE DATE: TBC
CERTIFICATE: U
IMAGES COPYRIGHT: Illumination Films (Universal)


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