Gru and his minions return for a really enjoyable romp through Illumination Entertainment’s world of super villains where the trump card is a truly brilliant new nemesis for Gru.
The plot should be wince inducing, but seems to work well in this strange world of villains. Gru (Steve Carrell) has a long-lost twin brother Dru (also Steve Carrell) which is brilliantly explained away by Gru’s mum (a returning Julie Andrews who missed the 2nd film). Dru wants to be a super villain, but is hopeless at it and wants to enlist his brothers help. But the main plot running through the film is of Gru’s battle with his new arch-enemy, the truly brilliant Balthazar Bratt (South Park’s Trey Parker). Bratt was a child television star who played a super villain, but when he entered puberty and his show was cancelled he took on the role for real.
The absolute joy of this film is rooted in the 1980’s. Super villain Bratt is stuck there and this means cheesy music, insane hair cuts, shoulder pads and dance fights! And if you do not think that will be funny, then this film might not be for you. The other stroke of genius is that the film sidelines the minions for the majority of the film, bringing them in for interludes that are very funny but not necessarily connected to the plot. I think this gives us the best of both worlds, as the minions proved they can not necessarily hold a film, but they are funny in short bursts. One particularly funny scene reminding me of West Side Story of all things.
Overall, a breezy 90 minute romp that should keep young and old laughing throughout.