‘De­spi­ca­ble Me 3’ good enough for kids

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De­spi­ca­ble Me 3, with the voices of Steve Carell, Kirsten Wiig and Trey Parker, di­rected by Kyle Balda and Pierre Cof­fin. 3.5/5 THE third movie in the

fran­chise cen­tres around fam­ily, loy­alty and whether it is bet­ter to be good or bad.

Gru (voice of Steve Carell) and his wife Lucy (Kris­ten Wiig) are thrown out of the AVL (Anti-Vil­lain League) when they fail to cap­ture new su­per-vil­lain Balt­hazar Bratt (Trey Parker), a 1980s child star turned real-life crim­i­nal. With noth­ing to do, Gru’s min­ions grow rest­less and leave their for­mer boss to pur­sue their own crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Then a strange man, Fritz (Steve Coogan), ar­rives at Gru’s house to tell him his long-lost twin brother, Dru, would like to see him. Un­aware he even had a brother, Gru, Lucy and the girls set off to Dru’s home. Dru has long blonde hair and a very pleas­ant de­meanour, thus he is the an­tithe­sis of his twin. From the mo­ment Gru’s fam­ily see the man­sion, it is clear that Dru has been im­mea­sur­ably more suc­cess­ful than his brother, but Dru ad­mits there is some­thing he has yet to achieve.

What Dru wants most is to carry on the fam­ily busi­ness. It turns out that Dru and Gru were sep­a­rated as ba­bies when their mom and dad split. Gru went with his mother (Julie Andrews) and Dru with his fa­ther. And it seems that, while Gru’s mom was al­ways crit­i­cal of him, Dru’s fa­ther was just as crit­i­cal of Dru. Thus, Dru wants to be a su­per-vil­lain, just like his long-lost brother, and prove his fa­ther wrong.

He there­fore asks Gru to show him how.

Gru, on the other hand, has sworn to his wife Lucy he will give up his evil ways. But now, no longer in the AVL, per­haps he and his brother could at­tempt to cap­ture Balt­hazar Bratt and use this to get his and Lucy’s jobs back? And so, the lat­est

ad­ven­ture be­gins. The most en­dear­ing char­ac­ter in the en­tire fran­chise is Gru’s youngest child, Agnes (this time voiced by Nev Schar­rel, where she was pre­vi­ously voiced by Elsie Fisher), who is the most ten­der and lov­ing child, but with slightly manic over­tones. For ex­am­ple, she sells her uni­corn­stuffed toy to help Gru while he is un­em­ployed.

But then she finds a baby goat with one horn miss­ing, and adopts it as her new uni­corn. All very touch­ing and en­dear­ing when you see it on the big screen. Be­ing a 3D movie prob­a­bly does lit­tle to en­hance the ex­pe­ri­ence and, as al­ways, it ap­pears as though you are look­ing into a box where the 3D ac­tion is tak­ing place. There are very few “com­ing at you” mo­ments, and per­haps the 3D is more a gim­mick at the mo­ment than an ex­pe­ri­ence en­hancer.

Be that as it may, if the chil­dren’s laugh­ter was any­thing to go by, will def­i­nitely be a hit, even if the writ­ers need to come out with a richer plot­line for

Pic­ture: LEBOGANG TLOU

FAM­ILY TIME: The Ma­caulay fam­ily, from left dad Errol, daugh­ter Shelly and mom Gwenda had lunch at the Red Ap­ple on Sun­day RO­TARY FAM­ILY: Re­cently in­ducted pres­i­dent of Ro­tary Gra­ham­stown Sun­set, Tim Dold, was among those present at the 32nd in­duc­tion din­ner of Ro­tary Port Al­fred last week

DOU­BLY DE­SPI­CA­BLE: Gru, left, and his twin brother Dru, both voiced by Steve Carell, hit the sil­ver screen last week­end and proved very pop­u­lar with the chil­dren of the area, who raced to Rose­hill Cin­ema to see the lat­est movie in the ‘De­spi­ca­ble Me’ fran­chise

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