Ralph Says DESPICABLE ME 3 Lacks Charm, But Remains Fun

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What makes the “Despicable Me” franchise special is the relationships. Specifically, Gru’s relationship with his daughters and the Minions. The first two movies work mainly because of the heartfelt moments between the characters. “Despicable Me 3” is missing that.

What the movie is not missing, is fun. Gru and company kill it in the entertainment aspect from start to finish. I could hear the characters banter about nothing for hours and I could find enjoyment in that. The Minion’s scenes in this film are hilarious, and surprisingly well thought out. They spend most of the movie on their own side adventure, which disappointed me because I love seeing their interaction with Gru, but nonetheless they are entertaining.

The movie is overall enjoyable, but it’s missing the heart that Despicable 1 and 2 had. As I said above, the film doesn’t give any time to developing Gru’s relationships with his girls. My favorite parts of the first two movies are Gru learning to be a dad and the girls learning how to be normal kids. This movie chose to cater towards kids 100% and not include the relatable family drama, which the adults like.

The writing seemed rushed and very poor towards the third act. The franchise had previously done a fine job of wrapping the story up and giving the characters sweet endings, but in this movie the ending was very poor. It ended on a very awkward moment. I have a suspicion that Universal rushed screenwriters Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio to be ready for the release date because the writing was very sub-par.

“Despicable Me 3” is entertaining, but disappointing. The writing is sub-par compared to the previous films, and is missing the charm of the core relationships. I liked The Minions in this movie, just not their sub-plot. This is a good cable watch, but not worth the price of admission.

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