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JAMES Burgess is a 27-year-old performance, drama and theatre graduate. The former
Fallibroome High School pupil has attended the BAFTA Film Awards in London every year since 2009, meeting stars including Dame Helen Mirren, Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emma Thompson.
James lives on St Ives Close in Macclesfield. You can visit his website at: jabfilmreviews.blogspot. com. Despicable Me 3 - U, 90 mins. Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Jenny Slate, Steve Coogan and Julie Andrews. Rating: IN 2010, two ostensibly similar computeranimations were released, less than six months apart.
One was Despicable Me, a colourful, familyfriendly, bubblegumplastic, synergy-tied confection of supervillainy turned good.
The other was DreamWorks’ Megamind, a florescence-filled delight of heroics, colour, and super-villainy turned… well, you get the very cynicism-orientated idea by now, I’m sure…
But my cynicism is well-placed – never more so than here – in this heavy, languid, broadlybogged-down third instalment.
The first song used lazily here – Michael Jackson’s Bad – is in fact the last one used in Megamind, and to much the same effect - though it’s not nearly as charming.
From here on in the narrative and stylistic similarity is so shamelessly staggering - I’m surprised DreamWorks don’t sue - I’m sure they’d have a good case. The main difference being of course, that where Megamind was funny, inventive and light as the frothiest soufflé, this feels increasingly tired and lumpen, a formula cooked up in those perpetually endless metallic corridors these characters are forever running down.
This is a polarising opinion, but I just don’t find those awful yellow minions the slightest bit funny.
Like the worst kind of hyperactive offspring, they never shut up! Not that this bothered the many delighted faces in my screening.
Never before have I seen so many children so easily and simultaneously pleased, with every flatulence-gun fired or raspberry blown.
I suppose the intention was to hark back to a cross between The Marx Bros. and Bananas in Pyjamas - if so, the film-makers missed the mark widely.
What works far better is the much needed lightness-of-touch from Pharrell Williams. Making everybody ‘Happy’ back in 2013, and ‘Frozen-out’ to an Oscar – (maybe he’s Let It Go) – he’s back here, with songs that cleverly help reference a slew of other films.
His infectious anthem ‘Freedom’ is a great ode to The Shawshank Redemption - as well as an America’s Got Talent style sing-off of The Periodic Table Song.
(It’s the same studio that made Sing - infinitely better). Good performances from Kristen Wiig, Jenny Slate and Julie Andrews, can’t save it from its own gloopy brand of unoriginality.
Despicable Me 3