Believe me, I know for a fact I’m not the target audience for this movie, but having grown up watching the first in the series, and having a near comatose reaction to Despicable Me 2 and Minions, I thought Despicable Me 3 would be harmless background noise. I was sorely mistaken, and have paid the ultimate price. Possibly one of the worst films to sit through, and not meritable in any way, shape or form. That can only mean one thing, it’s an animated film from Illumination Studios. 

They’ve been peddling awful movies for the better part of a decade now, and the likes of Sing and The Secret Life of Pets have been unbearable filler that has littered cinemas, yet somehow managed to make millions upon millions of dollars. A third in their most profitable series thus far was no surprise, the only surprise here is how truly awful it was to endure.  

Yanking Steve Carell in for a third time, Despicable Me 3 follows Gru as he meets his long-lost brother, Dru. It’s never a good sign when a film is playing the “long-lost brother” card, but I was willing to roll with it on the grounds that I am a fan of Steve Carell. What’s strange to me is that I don’t remember his voice being this grating as Gru, and it’s further expanded on by his dual role with Dru. Bringing about as much humour as a clown at a funeral, his unique voice style becomes near impossible to bare by the half hour mark.  

A sickening animation style that makes everyone look like mangled caricatures leads us into the expected Minion style behaviour. Their comedic moments are braindead and challenging to get through, a lot of them rely on outdated slapstick pieces and it definitely feels like they’re there solely for merchandising reasons at this point. Write around the sales figures, that seems to be the ideals of the writers with this horrendous escapade.  

For a movie that made over a billion dollars at the box office, there’s a certain lack of quality or substance to Despicable Me 3. Highlighting how easy it is to exploit the animation market if you look slick enough and have the right voices behind the project, the film serves as an example of how easy it is to peddle merchandise to children and severely inept middle-aged women. Completely irredeemable, with nothing of merit the whole way through.  

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