Friday, June 30, 2017
Despicable Me 3 Review
The plot. This is where I describe the plot. Oh man, this is going to get complicated. The biggest question mark that I personally had from the trailers was that every time we released a new trailer, it didn't feel like the latter trailers were building off the previous trailers, it felt like each trailer was advertising a new movie. So what in the frack was this movie going to be about? Which of the completely different marketing pushes was this movie going to focus on the most? The answer? All of the above. For some reason they decided that they needed to set up so many different story arcs that for over half of the movie is spent going sidewards with the plot and when we've finally introduced every plot point, the movie was only capable of moving so far forward because it was forced to bounce around between all of these plot points. By the end of the movie, it felt like we had only progressed forward a few feet. The emotion and depth is what I like most about this franchise and there was potential with some of these story arcs, but there were simply too many of the story arcs which consequently made it so it was impossible for there to be any depth in this movie which also wiped away any emotion that they attempted to set up.
In "Despicable Me 2" we introduced the wonderful character of Lucy, voiced by Kristen Wiig, who ends up marrying Gru at the end of the movie. I really loved Gru and Lucy in that second movie. I thought they were perfect crime-fighting partners that fed off of each other quite well. But this time around I surprisingly have to say that Lucy annoyed the heck out of me. Her whole point in the movie is that she has to learn how to be a mother to the three girls and she has no idea how to do this. Again, there is potential with a story arc like this. In fact, that's the whole story arc of the first movie. Gru trying to figure out how to be a parent. So not only does this specific story arc feel like a complete rehash, but it's also a poor, second-rate copy of that original story arc that, again, they don't have time to dive into, so it feels extremely rushed and undeveloped. And it was also really annoying. Every time we went over to Lucy trying to be a mother, I wanted to scream at the movie to just stop. I developed this weird sense of anger towards Lucy because she was completely useless and a huge distraction in this movie. I also didn't feel like Kristen Wiig gave any effort this time around, so there was an imbalance because Steve Carell definitely put his heart and soul into this project.
Now should we talk about another major distraction in this film that breaks my heart to tear apart? The girls. I absolutely adore these girls and I would go as far as to say that they are the heart and soul of the first two movies. So now for me to say that they were annoying, pointless distractions actually hurts me. I mean, you have three of the best characters from any animated movie and you can't figure out what to do with them? Ouch. Margo has a tiny bit to do. At one point Lucy forces her to go be nice to this young boy, which blows up in both of their faces. Then we have a conflict between mother and daughter. Potential here? Yes. Developed? Absolutely not. We have two short scenes between Margo and this boy that served no purpose. And was again a rehash of something better, this time from the second movie. Then we get to Edith, who literally has nothing to do, so the movie sends her off with Agnes, who is on a hunt to find a real life unicorn. When I speak of useless and annoying, this takes the cake. Agnes and her unicorns was an adorable sub-plot of the first movie. This time around it felt like we were recycling old jokes and shoving them down our faces in an extended sequence that I really just wanted the movie to stop.
I think you get the point by now. When I said I have two more, the final one is the Minions. You either love the Minions or you think they are the worst side characters on planet Earth. I'm in the former. I love the Minions. They are a lot of fun. In this movie, they get mad at Gru for not being a villain and most of them leave, giving us yet another story arc to follow. But this one was a lot of fun. Every time the group of rebellious Minions are on screen, I had a blast. In fact, I had so much fun with those scenes that there came a point in the movie where the only thing I wanted to see was the Minions. I wanted to follow their little escapade through prison and whatnot and nothing else, because everything else just because so stupid and/or underdeveloped. And I consider this a huge negative. I didn't care about Gru and Dru. I hated Lucy. I thought the girls were useless and unfortunate distractions. I thought Balthazar Bratt was underdeveloped and underutilized. I just wanted to see the Minions. And when I walk into a "Despicable Me" film excited to see Gru, Lucy and the girls and I end up not caring about all of that and I just want to see another "Minions" movie, that's an unforgivable sin this franchise has committed and thus I'm giving "Despicable Me 3" a 5/10.