Last Friday we took the kids to see Despicable Me 3. We opted for this one over Cars 3 because we thought it would be more interesting for the parents. Not sure about that, though. We still haven’t seen Cars 3, so who knows.
Here are my thoughts on Despicable Me 3:
- 80s Music for the Win: One of my favorite parts was the soundtrack, especially the 80s music. Since the Villain is stuck in the 80s, the music gets a thumbs up from the parents. Who can argue with Bad, Take on Me, 99 Luftballoons, and Into the Groove? There are also eight Pharrell Williams and a few Minions songs stuck in there, too (unfortunately).
- Minions Bore Me: I found myself just wishing the minions parts of the movie would get over. They almost never help with the plot, and it seems like cheap filler content to get the movie up to a respectable 90 minutes.
- Great Villain…questionable plot: Balthazar Bratt is a former child television star (from the 80s) and is stuck in the past and bent on world domination. The character is great. His jumpsuit, shoulder pads, and parachute pants complement his mullet and give some new humor to the franchise. The plot, however, was iffy. I don’t want to give anything away, but when you bring in a long lost twin brother with a secret, you’re pretty much out of great ideas.
Overall, the movie wasn’t as great as I had hoped it would be. It could have been the fact that we waited forever to watch it because when we arrived at the theater, there were only 4 seats left. So we sat around for the next showing. By the time we got in the theater, I was sleepy. I may (or may not) have fallen asleep during part of it. But I don’t think I missed anything.
If your kids like Minions and the other Despicable Me movies, they’ll probably like this one, too. You might not, though.
Have you seen Despicable Me 3? What did you think of it?