Thursday, December 21, 2017

Despicable Me 3 - Film Review

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Illumination and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment present Despicable Me 3, available now.   The characters beloved by everyone – Gru, his wife Lucy, their three adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions provide hours of family fun in this heartwarmingly subversive comedy from Academy Award®-nominated producer Chris Meledandri (Despicable Me Franchise) and directors Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me Franchise) and Kyle Balda (Minions 1 & 2, The Lorax). Hailed as “the best Despicable Me movie yet,” by Ali Plumb of BBC Radio 1, with over $949 million in global ticket sales, Despicable Me 3 is the ultimate holiday gift, with almost an entire hour of exclusive bonus features including an all-new mini-movie, a never-before-released deleted scene, and much more!

Illumination, the studio that brought you Sing, The Secret Life of Pets and the Despicable Me franchise, continues the adventures of Gru and his family in Despicable Me 3. After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker, “South Park,” Team America: World Police), the latest evil mastermind to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother — a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps — the former super-villain rediscovers just how good it feels to be bad.

Academy Award® nominee Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) reprises his hilarious role as reformed criminal mastermind Gru, as well as his newly discovered twin, Dru. The all-star voice cast also features Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Despicable Me 2), Miranda Cosgrove (Despicable Me 1 & 2, School of Rock), Steve Coogan (The Secret Life of Pets, Philomena), Jenny Slate (Zootopia, The Secret Life of Pets), Dana Gaier (Despicable Me 1 & 2) and legendary singer and actress Julie Andrews (The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins).

Despicable Me 3 is available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack which includes 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™ and Digital. The 4K Ultra HD includes all bonus features on the Blu-ray™ disc.


All-New Mini Movie — The Secret Life of Kyle
Minion Moments — Watch the Minions cause more hilarious mayhem with Gru
Deleted Scene — With intro by Dana Gaier, the voice of Edith
Character Profiles — The inside scoop on the most popular characters, from the actors who play them
The Making of Despicable Me 3 — A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie
Developing Dru — Behind the scenes character development of Dru
The AVL Files — Through the lens of the Anti-Villain League’s hi-tech database, this ultra secret, interactive surveillance briefing showcases all of the agency’s amazing creations and top agents
Freedonia Visitors Guide — Welcome to Freedonia! See all that the town has to offer with this interactive map. From its world class cheese, to its beautiful coastline, Freedonia has it all!
Despicable Me TV — Tune in for some fabulous fun with these Despicable Me 3 infomercials. Includes “Balthazar Bratt Action Figure,” “Bad Boy Bod by Balthazar Bratt” and “Agnes’ Super Cute, Incredibly Amazing Toy Sale.”
“Doowit” Sing-Along — Sing along with Pharrell Williams as the Minions plot their escape from prison
“Yellow Light” Music Video — Official music video by Pharrell Williams
Minion Mugshots — The Minions add to the long list of celebrity mugshots in their very own “rogues gallery.”
Wanted Posters — Have you seen these Minions wanted for various crimes?
My Review:

I was hooked on Despicable Me when the first film came out.  The two films after the original are just as good.  The crazy, yellow Minions are what really draw me in but the plots are interesting too.

The latest in the franchise, Despicable Me 3 starts out with Gru being fired from his job after some embarrassing mishaps from a villain, Balthazar.  His mood shifts even more downward than normal.  He finds out that he has a twin brother and is encouraged to meet up with him.  The family takes the trip and Gru learns he is the polar opposite of Dru, his twin.  Dru convinces his brother to pull off an incredible heist.  Spending time together, both learn that having each other as a brother isn't so bad after all.

There's humor, campy schticks, cuteness overload (especially from youngest daughter, Agnes) and an ending theme about family.  The 80s references and music were an amusing addition, giving adults the chance to laugh at things remembered from their past.

Hilton Hotels is promoting the release of Despicable Me 3 with a national sweepstakes offer with a Grand Prize trip to Los Angeles, hotel stay and tickets for four to Universal Studios Hollywood!

Contest ends 11:59 PM PST on December 31, 2017. Open to legal residents of 50 U.S. & D.C., 21+. One prize available to be won. Blackout dates apply.

Additionally, select hotels in Southern California, New York, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Washington D.C. and Houston will be displaying photo backdrops featuring the Minions in the lobbies and distributing Minion sticker sheets, luggage tags and holiday bags while supplies last!

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