Despicable Me 3      review by Bobby Blakey

Anytime an animated feature does well at the box office there is always the chance of it spawning a sequel. When Despicable Me dominated the box office in 2010 it came as no surprise that a sequel was released in 2013. The franchise has become a giant with not only the merchandising but also the spin-off movie Minions which was yet another success. The latest chapter aptly titled Despicable Me 3 features both old and new voice cast including Steve Carrell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Steve Coogan, Julie Andrews and Jenny Slate, but does it offer up more of the same criminal fun or will it finally have met its demise?  

​Despicable Me 3 follows Gru who finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis after he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down Balthazar Bratt, the latest evil mastermind to threaten humanity. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother — a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps — the former super-villain rediscovers just how good it feels to be bad. I have been a fan of this series since the beginning and although I love the Minions and their spin-off movie, thought they were starting to feel forced. This latest chapter made some great choices keeping them in the spotlight for the usual laughs, but minimized to allow the Gru/Dru story stay front and center.

The biggest success to these films outside of the beautiful animation, great character design and overall hilarious stories is the growth of the characters with each film. This chapter brings it partially full circle back to the beginning digging deeper into Gru’s villain roots and letting us into is past in the best way possible. The story is full of action and laughs as expected and the addition of Trey Parker as Balthazar Bratt might be the best villain to date. It was great hearing him working on something outside of South Park and hopefully we will get to see and or hear more of him in the future. I personally would love an origin film to this character who is great fun to watch.

​I really loved this latest entry way more than I had expected and feel that it might be the best of the series. It’s rare that I stick with some of these franchises this long and still have that much fun. This release not only includes the film but bonus content including deleted scenes, featurettes, music video, gallery, new minion mini-movie and more. Join in on the latest adventure of Gru and his minions with Despicable Me 3 available now on Digital HD and then on 4k Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on December 5th from Universal Home Entertainment.

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