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Despicable Me 3 Blu-ray Review

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The “Despicable Me” franchise drags on with the third installment.

In “Despicable Me 3,” there’s a lot going on storywise. Gru and Lucy are fired as AVL agents, Gru discovers he has a brother named Dru, a former 80’s child star turned villain (Balthazar Bratt) is up to no good, the Minions (with the exception of 2) quit their employment with Gru, and Agnes is looking for a real unicorn.

With 3 films, a spin-off, toys galore, and a global box office take of billions, there’s no question that the “Despicable Me” franchise is immensely popular. Unlike an animated film series such as “Toy Story,” however, the ‘Despicable’ franchise continues to lack depth.

As you can tell from the above plot synopsis, this movie is overstuffed. Writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio never let anything breathe here and instead assault viewers with a cacophony of noise, an endless array of subplots, unfunny gags, and a frantic series of action set pieces. Add in a seemingly endless amount of pop songs and wretched noises from the obnoxious yellow spuds known as Minions and it’s just a chore to get through. Yes, it’s easy to see why a younger audience would fall for the cutesy characters and humor on display, but there’s little for adults to latch on to here. Aside from some clever references to “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” and “Duck Soup,” the movie is just noise. There’s no depth to anything presented here as everything is surface level. In an age where studios like Laika and Pixar are crafting cinematic masterpieces, there’s no real excuse for Illumination to make something more sophisticated.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The colorful CGI animation looks fine for a Illumination release. Much more attention to detail in this than with past releases.

Audio Track: DTS:X. How does it sound? A loud and lively track. You can’t ask for better audio.

Extras: DVD copy, Digital copy, Universal/Illumination ads, “The Secret Life Of Kyle” mini-movie about the dog, a deleted scene with intro by Dana Gaier, 5 character profiles with the actors talking about the characters they voice, 2 Minion shorts titled “Drenched” and “Overkill,” a featurette about the new character called “Developing Dru,” “The AVL Files” which is basically overview of different characters, “The Making of Despicable Me 3” which contains interviews, story and character discussions, film clips, and more, a “Yellow Light” music video, a “Doowit” sing-along video, still Minion wanted posters, Minion mug shots, 3 mock ads in the “Despicable Me TV” section of extras, and an interactive “Freedonia Visitors Guide.”

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November 22, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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