Despicable Me 3 Review
Photo from the film Despicable Me 3.

Title: Despicable Me 3
Director: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin
Voice Cast: Steve Carrell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Steve Coogan, Julie Andrews, Jenny Slate, Pierre Coffin.
Genre: Animation

‘Despicable Me 3’ leads us back to the life of Gru, who now leads a bourgeois existence with his wife, children and unvillainous job. However he will have to get back in action, to save the world from Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who has grown up to become obsessed with the character that he played in the eighties. Gru won’t face this new adventure alone: he will discover to have a twin brother, Dru, who just like himself was raised believing that he was a failure to his family. The two will team up for one last criminal heist, to steal the diamond that Bratt stole, rescue the human race and heal their broken childhoods.

The voice cast (Steve Carrell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Steve Coogan, Julie Andrews, Jenny Slate, Pierre Coffin), continues to work wonders, as Steve Carrell adds another farcical voice to his repertoire interpreting both Gru and his twin brother Dru. The cute animation, that will delight both children and adults has a key ingredient to its success: the soundtrack. Legendary hits, such as Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad and Madonna’s ‘Into the Groove’ mix with ‘Freedom,’ the new song by Pharrell Williams. And the result is that without even noticing, you’ll move your head to the rhythm of the music as heroes and villains confront each other through dance fights.

This American 3D computer-animated comedy is the third installment of Gru’s adventures with his Minions and family, and just as its predecessors it entertains, amuses and conveys touching morals ? such as hoping to find a unicorn and being equally content with a different encounter.

Technical: B+
Acting: B
Story: B+
Overall: B+

Written by: Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi, is a film critic, culture and foreign affairs reporter, screenwriter, film-maker and visual artist. She studied in a British school in Milan, graduated in Political Sciences, got her Masters in screenwriting and film production and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York and Los Angeles. Chiara’s “Material Puns” use wordplay to weld the title of the painting with the materials placed on canvas, through an ironic reinterpretation of Pop-Art, Dadaism and Ready Made. She exhibited her artwork in Milan, Rome, Venice, London, Oxford, Paris and Manhattan. Chiara works as a reporter for online, print, radio and television and also as a film festival PR/publicist. As a bi-lingual journalist (English and Italian), who is also fluent in French and Spanish, she is a member of the Foreign Press Association in New York, the Women Film Critics Circle in New York, the Italian Association of Journalists in Milan and the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean. Chiara is also a Professor of Phenomenology of Contemporary Arts at IED University in Milan.

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