Despicable Me 3 [2017] ★★

It pains me to write a negative review about a “Despicable Me” movie, but it seems that third time isn’t the charm for Gru and his Minions. I was charmed, and pleasantly surprised, when I saw the first movie back in 2010. Its enormous success has spawned 2 sequels and an enjoyable Minions spin-off back in 2015. So basically, this new installment is 100% critic-proof and will most probably make tons of money anyway. But I still have to give an honest opinion: everything I liked about the original and its sequel has been worn down. Even the Minions seem overly familiar by now, mainly because we’ve seen them in a standalone movie and the element of surprise is completely gone. The people behind this movie seem to know that, that’s why the main focus here is on Gru’s long-lost twin brother Dru (also voiced by Steve Carell), who desperately wants to be a villain and pull-off a heist. The result is a movie that is jam-packed with recycled jokes and non-stop action scenes. As a long-time fan of the series, I expected something more original. As much as I like Gru, I thought Dru added nothing new and was completely forgettable. Will kids be bored? Probably not. Never mind that the freshness of the original is gone or that a movie buff like myself is complaining. As long as families pay to see these movies, I’m sure there will be more sequels. Let’s hope they manage to create something better next time.

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