Sylvia and I went to see Despicable Me 3 a couple of months ago with some friends of ours. It was the first movie that Sylvie has really watched the whole way through at the cinema, and the first kid’s movie in a long time that really captured my attention and made me laugh!
What most tickled my funny bone was the main baddie character, Balthazar Bratt, a kid star from the 80s seeking revenge on the world for cancelling his show. Bratt is full of iconic 80s stereotypes. Whenever he and Gru engaged in a fight, one or the other of them would yell out “Dance fight!” and they would go at each other while cutting the rug to riffs of classic 80s songs. He also sported spiked up hair and a mullet, bubblegum, a bad moustache, shoulder pads, a dangly earring, a jumpsuit, and villainous toys inspired by his former show. Let’s be honest here though, it was probably the snippets of fabulous 80s music that really won my heart over to this movie.
Sylvie loves a bit of action and excitement, and is hugely disappointed if a movie doesn’t contain any baddies. I think this is why she enjoyed Despicable Me 3 so much; it featured more action scenes and suspense than its two predecessors. It also featured a strong theme of family ties, love and support. Gru discovers he has a long-lost twin brother, Dru, and they work through their relationship throughout the movie. Lucy, who is now Gru’s wife, is working out how best to be a mum to the three little girls, and they’re working out how to relate to her. Two of the sisters, Edith and Agnes, bond over Agnes’s desperation to find a real-life fluffy!!!!! unicorn. These sorts of themes are always nice for a mummy to see in a kid’s movie.
Finally, one more positive I’d like to tell you about this film: There’s not much minions action! The minions quit when they realise Gru is not going to return to his former villainy, then they go off on some odd storyline of being imprisoned, breaking out of prison, floating through the air, and putting on a musical number. I have zero love for the minions and barely find them funny, so the less the better and this movie definitely leaned towards less (yay!)
I highly recommend this for pre-school age kids and for mummies who really don’t get to go to the movies very often anymore and who were perhaps born in the world of the 70s or 80s (I’m totally dating myself here).