Empire (UK) - - ON.SCREEN - JP

OUT now / CERT u / 90 Mins di­rec­tors Pierre Cof­fin, Kyle Balda cast Steve Carell, Kris­ten Wiig, Trey Parker HAV­ING GIVEN UP his ca­reer of crime, gru (Carell) is now an Anti-vil­lain League agent with his wife, Lucy (Wiig). That is, un­til they’re both fired for let­ting di­a­mond-steal­ing for­mer child star Balt­hazar Bratt (Parker) es­cape cus­tody. But gru soon dis­cov­ers he has an iden­ti­cal twin, Dru (also Carell), who sets about try­ing get him back into the fam­ily busi­ness: vil­lainy. Of these two new char­ac­ters, the ’80s-ob­sessed Bratt is by far the most suc­cess­ful. Wear­ing shoul­der pads and pack­ing a gun that dou­bles as a key­tar, he’s a zany pres­ence for the kids, but also brings a buzz of nostal­gia for their par­ents. Messier than pre­vi­ous films (but far bet­ter than the lack­lus­tre Min­ions), there’s still enough en­ergy to sug­gest this is a mon­ey­hoover­ing fran­chise that will run and run.

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