This third installment of Illumination’s popular franchise has Gru (Steve Carell) and his wife Lucy (Kristen Wiig) aiming to stop former ’80s child star Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) from achieving world domination. But there’s Dru, his twin brother and many more minions in the fray. Gru of course has long since lost his job with the Anti-Villain League and Dru desperately wants to get into the villainy. That’s all the progression on offer here. Pharrell Williams continues to haunt the soundtrack while pop-culture references to the good ole 80’s in America and many more funny sight gags make the mix comfortably entertaining.
It’s much more of the same thing of course, and it works too. The lovey-dovey superspy parents who have all but obliterated the bad in them, have also to deal with some family issues before they can go on the attack. Series creator Pierre Coffin along with Kyle Balda and co-director Eric Guillon may not have gone for broke trying out new ideas but the manner in which they present the old is very much on the up and about. The new nemesis may be a little overdone but he is definitely a power to reckon with. An assorted range of pop-music cues and a slew of stunts greeting you in the opening reel itself whets the appetite quite a bit. There’s so much going on onscreen that Carrell and Wiig have to be aurally dexterous to lend rooted weight to the respective characters they assay. The animation is the standard bearing distinctive. And the pacing is break-neck so you just have to hold on tight and sit upright for the exciting and reasonably thrilling joyride. This film may not measure up to the first two issues on most fronts but as a standalone it’s still affective and rousing!