The earliest signs that Despicable Me 3 was going to continue the slapstick humiliation of the previous films came with the fist teaser trailer. Gru, hoisted by his own leotard is perhaps the perfect summation of where we are with this series.
The first film was a neat subversion of the classic villain trope, Despicable Me 2 continued the evolution with a love interest for Gru, as well as shadows from his past creeping in. Now we have the third film, and it seems as if those elements will resurface as we’ve now got a good idea of what Gru will be up to.
Having a surprised twin brother is a narrative element right out of the Sunset Beach playbook. It gives the lead actor a further reason to come back, and can be used to up the playful aspect of the story. It also means twice as much Steve Carrell which is absolutely fine by us. Kristen Wiig returns as Lucy and frankly we’d watch an entire movie based around her – maybe Despicable She next?
The yellow pill-shaped irritants are back to delight children and exasperate adults. Their own solo movie, released in 2015, was loved by anyone under the age of 7 but was a thin premise stretched beyond breaking point for anyone else. The animation was gorgeous however, and this new trailer points to an even further advanced visual style. Which is nice.
Despicable Me 3 is out in the UK on the 30th of June.
Despicable Me 3 Trailer
Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.