Run time: 90 mins
Wildly inconsistent tone means you don’t quite know what you’re getting when walking into a Despicable Me feature, except for the treasured minions, of course. Not to mention Universal’s trillion $ merchandising dream-come-true.
This time, Gru (Steve Carell) discovers he has a twin, Dru (also Carell). Possessed of hair, a sunny outlook and substantial material wealth, Dru is pitched as the polar opposite to his surly, self-loathing long-lost brother; he is also keen to re-establish the family tradition of supervillany; the very practice Gru has left behind. It’s only a matter of minutes before a heated sibling rivalry is raging.
It’s evident immediately, in a fizzy prologue which tees up the bad guy du jour: a fallen child star Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) who’s villainous M.O. along with his taste in clothes and music, is heavily 1980s-themed (when are they going to leave the 80s, and 70s for that matter, to their natural graves…?). This means self-inflating bubble-gum bombs, and a keystar cannon that fires lethal Van Halen riffs. Yes, the minions are stars but put the yellow blobs obsession to one side and you’ll see Bratt is the franchise’s most fun addition. (research Jack Whiting) Just come and have done with it.