First Trailer for DESPICABLE ME 3
The barrage of trailers for 2017's biggest summer releases continues with what will likely be one of if not the biggest movie of the summer next year: Despicable Me 3. While I never expected in the summer of 2010 while watching the genuinely fun and inventive Despicable Me that it would become one of the biggest animated franchises of its day here we will be seven years later and four films in as not only has Gru and his minions received two sequels, but his minions themselves have had their own movie. After the underwhelming sequel though and rather bad Minions spin-off my expectation for anything noteworthy to come out of this franchise has significantly decreased. Sure, there are still a few funny gags in this first look trailer for the third installment in Gru's ever-expanding story and the last bit is an especially inspired piece of physical comedy, but there are more minions to be seen here than Gru's daughters which, if you might recall, were really the heart and soul of that original film. They were what made telling the story of a villain so compelling, conflicting, and ultimately rewarding. While I can understand why Universal and Illumination have picked Trey Parker of South Park fame to fill the role of the baddie here due to the fact the parents who will likely be taking their children to see this were in their adolescence when South Park was in its heyday and the 80's-inspired villain plays perfectly into both Parker's childhood and our current nostalgic fascination with that decade I find it hard to believe that whatever story is to be derived from this showdown of villains will also be derivative of any of the heart and soul that initial film showed so much of. Of course, that doesn't really matter to Universal or Illumination either as they both well know that Despicable 3 is designed to make buckets of money and buckets of money it will make. Despicable Me 3 features the voice talents of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, and opens on June 30, 2017.


Synopsis: Gru's long lost twin (Drew) will emerge and there will be a theme of sibling rivalry.

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