Swanner: In this third installment, we find out that Gru has a twin brother. Drew, a more successful, friendly and cheerful version of Gru, wants to be a great villain like his brother. Gru who has just been fired by the Anti-Villain League (AVL) is tempted by his brother’s request. Will Gru convert to the dark side again? Meanwhile, the minions, who are disgusted by Gru’s goodness, get arrested and put in prison. Can they find a way to breakout? If all that isn’t enough, super villain Balthazar Bratt has stolen the largest diamond in the world and the AVL has no one to stop him. Who can get the diamond back?
As you can see there are plenty of storylines going on here. Writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, who penned previous films of the franchise, keep everything funny and exciting. There may have been too much going on because my audience of little kids (5 and under) seemed either bored or not engaged, where the older kids and adults had a good time. While Gru and company weren’t entertaining the little ones, the minions really held their attention (and mine) since their lack of real speech means everything has to be physical (lots of fart jokes). They love it, and so do I.
I have never been a fan of the franchise. That’s not true, I like the minions. Gru and family spend too much time telling their moral story, while the minions are just fun and they make you laugh one way or another (more fart jokes). The cast is pretty much just Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, and those children. The rest of the cast is guest voiceovers doing cameos. The three directors Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin and first time director Eric Guillon give us a bright and colorful world where everything (spoiler alert) ends happy, but for me it’s too much Gru and not enough minions.
Swanner: 2 1/2 starss