Re-Live the 1980s with “Despicable Me 3”
By Skip Sheffield
“Despicable Me 3” is more of the same, times two. Voiceover star Steve Carell returns as villain-turned family man Gru, and he does double duty as Gru’s twin brother Dru. You can tell the two apart because Gru is totally bald and Dru has a big mop of floppy blond hair. He is also an inexplicably rich pig farmer.
A new villain, Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) is introduced as a 1980s child star. Bratt aged ungracefully, but remained stuck in the 1980s, with padded shoulders, a mullet haircut (with prominent bald spot as he aged) and an obsession with bubble gum and Rubik’s Cubes.
In the introductory sequence, Balthazar Bratt steals the watermelon-sized, pink Dumont Diamond. Gru thwarts the heist and seizes the diamond, but Bratt escapes.
For this lapse, Gru is dumped from the Anti-Villain League by his boss, Valerie da Vinci (Jenny Slate).
Gru returns to his wife Lucy (Kristen Wiig) and his adopted daughters Marge (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Nev Scharrel). Agnes is obsessed with finding a real unicorn, but she sacrifices for her father by selling her toy stuffed unicorn so Gru can pursue Bratt.
What of all the amusing minions? They spend most of the film in prison, with only one big production number.
If you liked the 1980s you’ll probably like this movie, which is rife with 80s references and musical soundtrack. However, the 1980s references will fly over the heads of the target audience: children and teens. The good thing is the movie is only 91 minutes long. You can only take so much 1980s nostalgia.