Way back in 2010, a strange little animated movie about evil mastermind Gru and his weird looking yellow minions hit the cinemas. It is a franchise that has spawned 3 main movies, 1 spin off for the minions and countless annoying memes that appear daily on our Facebook feeds.
Now, now do not even pretend you STILL think the minions are adorable. Enough already!
In that first movie, Gru wanted to steal the Moon. In this latest offering, he is in the middle of an existential crisis, having just lost his job with the Anti-Villain League, when his long lost twin brother Dru contacts him. Dru wants to be just like his super villain brother but does Gru have what it takes to be bad again?
The introduction of Balthazar Bratt, a former child star turned villain, is a welcome and clever choice. Balthazar is resplendent in his purple, shiny, super padded shouldered outfit, complete with mullet hair and if you look carefully, a large bald patch on the top of his head. This alone makes the movie worthwhile. He challenges Gru to regular 80’s style dance offs. Just hilariously funny.
Of course Lucy and the girls are back and this time, Lucy is adjusting to her new role as mother. One particularly memorable moment happens when Agnes wanders off after hearing tales of a unicorn and Lucy goes straight into tiger mum mode searching for her.
There is not a great deal more to this than the previous movies and that’s just perfect. The characters are endearing and over the last 7 or so years, have earned a well-deserved place in many a heart. The movie is funny and sweet and silly. Just as it should be.
I hope they chose to end it all here because I am not quite sure if they have enough steam for another movie and it would be a great shame to see this adorable franchise peter out into oblivion.
I think the first movie is still the best but this is a worthy addition to the series with its heart and soul still firmly entrenched with Gru and his girls.
The kids will love this and so will the grown-ups.
3 1/2 stars
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Director : Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin
Starring : Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Jenny Slate, Julie Andrews, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan, Russell Brand, Trey Parker, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel
Running Time : 90 minutes
Release Date : In Cinemas Now
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