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DESPICABLE ME 3

SYNOPSIS: Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru (Steve Carell) who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist. Meanwhile the villainous Bad Boy Balthazar Bratt (voiced by Trey Parker) is intent to take his revenge on Hollywood and the world for canning his once popular top-rating TV show.

Review by Louise Keller:
Fun is the driver of this energetic, inventive and absurd animation that is as charming as it is quirky. There has always been a touch of sweetness in the Despicable Me franchise as the balance between good and evil is explored - with a kooky twist. The mould is set in the first film (2010), when the villainous protagonist changes his moral code amid the lure of family and belonging. He becomes a hero and saves the world in the 2013 sequel; this third film combines family and heroics in a cocktail shaker filled with offbeat and adorable characters. Once again, it is the yellow Minions that are the scene-stealers as they jabber gibberish continuously with their inspired nonsense, providing the hilarity we crave.

As if one Steve Carell wasn't enough, we are now treated with two: his protagonist Gru, whose work as a secret agent comes unexpectedly to an end, discovers he has a twin brother Dru (also voiced by Carell). Bald with spindly legs, large frame and transcontinental accent, Gru is an unlikely hero. Dru, with his mop of blond hair appears to be more successful than his twin but he craves to be taught the art of villainy. Once again the battle between good and evil is in focus. Kristen Wiig shines once more as Lucy, Gru's new wife and mother to the three ultra cute, adopted little girls. (The sequence involving unicorns and dreams is especially moving.) Julie Andrews as the twins' mother (think Dame Edna with a roving eye), is the perfect example of against-type casting.

The main plot line involves Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) as a bubble-gum popping villain who steals the world's largest diamond: a former Hollywood TV star turned evil and intent on taking revenge on Hollywood for cancelling his show. But it is the inventiveness of the entire film that seduces us with inspired throwaways that range from clever puns visual gags and musical jokes.

Highlights include the lovable Minions performing I Am The Very Model of a Modern Major General (from The Pirates of Penzance) at a TV talent show audition; a dance routine in black and white prison stripes; and a daring escape scene involving toilets, a parachute and oodles of imagination.

It's a rollercoaster of Fun with a capital F that simply flies.

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CRITICAL COUNT
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Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

DESPICABLE ME 3 (PG)
(US, 2017)

VOICES: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Julie Andrews, Steve Coogan, Russell Brand,

PRODUCER: Janet Healy, Christopher Meledandri

DIRECTOR: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin

SCRIPT: Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul

CINEMATOGRAPHER: n/a

EDITOR: Claire Dodgson

MUSIC: Heitor Pereira

PRODUCTION DESIGN: n/a

RUNNING TIME: 89 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Universal

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: June 22, 2017







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