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Despicable Me 3 Movie Review (2017) | Entertaining as Ever

Whoever said one is enough. In a world of sequels, prequels and spinoffs, where more is considered to be better, Despicable Me 3 movie storms in like a flick that has still got some juice left. Well, who knew it really had! There are still plenty of things to milk, even though there was supposed to be a happy ending after every part. Plots are layered up deliberately to build something new and tacky, and boy has it worked every time. Luckily even this time it didn’t disappoint.

With a far-fetched plot to introduce Gru’s twin brother Dru into the flick, Despicable Me 3 movie might have seemed a tad absurd from the trailers. But it turns out the movie is quite fun actually. It packs in ample humour if not matching the levels of its predecessors, gives every important character quite a good amount of screentime, making the minions hilarious as ever and builds up a great exciting villain from scratch.

At times you feel the Despicable Me 3 movie drag a little, scrounging for every bit of story it could get, and there are countless occasions wherein you feel the dearth of humour badly. But it manages to hold tightly somehow owing to its calm sense of storytelling. It retains ample focus, constantly letting that smile stay on your face.

Despicable Me 3 Movie Plot (Spoilers Ahead)

For the plot here we have Gru (Steve Carrell) being kicked out from AVL (Anti-Villain League) along with his wife Lucy (Kristen Wiig) for being unable to capture Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker)even though he manages to save the world’s most expensive diamond. With no jobs to support the family and reluctance to return to villainy, the Minions leave Gru.

Gru comes to discover that he has a twin brother named Dru. He and his family are summoned by Dru for a visit. Despite starting off on a wrong foot he comes to adore Dru for trying to flicker that spark of villainy in him. Lucy is having a hard time being a mother, trying to get on the good side of the kids. Agnes, this time voiced by Nev Scharrel, is obsessed with finding a real unicorn. She finds a one-horned goat slapping that title on it, and loving it profusely even though Gru breaks it to her that unicorns aren’t real.

gru and dru in despicable me 3 movie

Meanwhile, Bratt steals the diamond back, and is on his way to execute his master plan of creating a monster sized version of him to destroy the city and make a major chunk of it fly. Also, as a side-plot, minions get arrested for trespassing from where they escape missing Gru terribly. After which, evil geniuses as they are, make an escape plan to reunite with him.

The Mission to Mess with Bratt

Gru and Dru get on a mission to bring the diamond back from Bratt as Dru beseeches him to teach villainy since it was in their blood. Gru agrees to it only secretly wishing to take the diamond back to AVL to get his and Lucy’s jobs back. They infiltrate Bratt’s den and somehow manage to get the diamond with the help of Lucy leaving Bratt in a sticky situation.

On returning and after saying final goodbyes, taking the diamond away from Dru, having a minor spat with him for not leaving the diamond as a trophy, Gru and his family are all ready to board the plane. That’s when Bratt shows up disguised as Lucy and steals the kids and the diamond along with him.

He progresses with his plan to bring utter carnage by getting into his monster robot version and leaving the kids on a building’s parapet. Gru reconciles with Dru and along with Lucy arrive to save the city. They meet minions on the way who begin following Gru.

Lucy saves the children while Dru internally damages the giant monster robot. Gru involves himself in a “dance fight” with Bratt defeating him eventually as minions explode the giant bubble gums (the weapon of Bratt) to save the city.

still of gru with the diamond in despicable me 3 movie

With diamond restored and Bratt captured, Gru and Lucy get their jobs back. The latter gets acknowledged as mother by the children which elates her beyond limit. Minions find a new villainous leader in Dru as they slink out at night to wreak some wicked havoc.

The Proper Flow

The beauty of Despicable Me 3 movie lies in its proper flow of events. Everything happens for a reason and everything has a natural order to it and they were bound to happen. There is ample focus in the frames, and things are less cartoonish than they used to be in other movies of Illumination Entertainment.

It doesn’t forget the minions even though they revolt and aren’t with the primary storyline of the movie. Directors Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin and Eric Guillon still find a way to include them by giving them a funny plot to chase. We have a new revolting minion named Mel who is introduced brilliantly into the tale.

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There are important things you can take from the movie too. Gru’s incapability to break a hopeful Agnes’s heart when he wished to tell her about the unicorn’s existence, and then breaking it to her anyway when the chips were down, and Agnes’s acceptance to focus on the good things, her optimistic nature have been beautifully inserted. She is very thoughtful in trying to help Gru by selling her toys to make the difference.

Then there was Lucy’s motherhood, her trying really hard to get on the good side of strangers for children, and eventually getting the respect she deserves by taking a stand against those who tried to harm the kids are well thought of.

The Final Verdict

Illumination Entertainment has been now paying attention to the bridges that were missing from a lot of its previous projects. Despicable Me 3 movie is quite an entertainer. It scores a little bit less in terms of humour but yes its very relatable. You will thoroughly enjoy it.

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The Sound of Music – A Movie that Never Grows Old | A Timeless Classic

There is something about The Sound of Music, that timeless musical drama that always manages to fill your heart with sheer goodies. A movie so beautiful it still puts us to shame, if we consider the kind of musicals that have been releasing lately. Nothing matches the level of emotions this movie was so profusely and effortlessly able to achieve.

A classical take right off the leaflet of Maria Von Trapp book, on the then prevalent World War backdrop, her life with the Captain and the children, with music so beautiful that it still makes you want to hum it non-stop.

BREAKING DOWN THE SOUND OF MUSIC

The thing that keeps you on your toes is its enchanting tale. You are always seeking what happens next. The rhythm is so beautiful, thanks to its ravishing editing, that it will keep you forever interested.

The pace of The Sound of Music is simply mind-boggling, as it rides on musicals to tell the tale in a majestic fashion. The songs, ah! The songs are so brilliantly written and sung with such harmonic voices that the flick becomes not only an affair for the eyes but an auditory delight too.

I must dream of the things I am seeking. I am seeking the courage I lack.

Every character in The Sound of Music is in a way so powerful that it is hard to ignore them. You take the elusive demeanour of Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp for instance. He is like a tough nut to crack. But there is nothing Julie Andrews as Maria can’t do. She brings out the dead music in him through the children, and he sings like a canary.

You take the innocence of Maria into account, her vexed comportment whenever she is wondering about her conscience, or when she is scouring for love in Captain’s eyes. You can’t help yourself falling for her.

Then there is the witty Max Detweiler portrayed by Richard Haydn who fathoms the talent of the children, but always stays in check whenever it inconveniences Captain. All the seven children who are outright adorable and in sheer need of love. Even the character of The Baroness played by Eleanor Parker is quite impactful. A jilted lover who fails to create ripples in the Captain’s heart.

SCREENPLAY OF THE SOUND OF MUSIC

There are beautiful conversations in the movie that are worth every penny in the world. Even simple dialogues of Maria and Mother Abbess played by Peggy Wood are so thoughtfully written that it is hard not to pay heed.

Still of Julie Andrews as Maria from The Sound of Music

This is what Maria has to say when Mother Abbess shows her disquiet of her getting lost in the mountains:

Mother, I could never be lost up there. That’s my mountain. I was brought up on it.

Captain’s flair is brimming up with a style that is rare to find in any generation of actors. He seems to have mastered his dialogues; so well rehearsed is his delivery that it is hard to pinpoint a morsel of error.

Activity suggests a life filled with purpose.

There are heartfelt conversations that are reflective of his state of mind, and he puts it all there. Thoughts that are going through his mind, and the things that cause his dissonance. When The Baroness asks him:

You are far away. Where are you?

He replies glumly:

In a world that’s disappearing I am afraid.

Still of Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music movie

LOVABLE BITS

The best part of the movie is when the searching eyes of children find Maria again, as she returns to face her fears. Her void is so depressing that it will bring tears to your eyes when you see them reunite. She is definitely one of the most powerful characters in The Sound of Music. In a way the movie constantly revolves around her.

There’s nothing more irresistible to a man than a woman who’s in love with him.

Another side plot of the movie, the Liesl and Rolfe story is an equally great tale, that unfortunately doesn’t come to fruition, on account of the War brainwash that Rolfe ends up succumbing to.

Sometimes I feel the world is coming to an end.

Liesl is young and is still learning and Maria as her mother teaches her the import of crying when things don’t pan out. She teaches her life’s most important lesson – the sun will always come out again.

THE FINAL CLIMAX

The fact that Robert Wise didn’t conclude his story the moment Captain and Maria find their love was also a bold decision. It goes on to show, Wise was wise enough to fathom there are far more important issues to be addressed than love alone.

To have ended it up all in a tragic set of events like Shakespeare would have been a blunt affair. Otherwise we might have seen Rolfe shooting Captain and the curtain closing right then. But this taken right from the books of Maria Von Trapp, a happy ending was already lurking in the corner. They make a narrow escape from the clutches of war and go on to live into the mountains.

Wise throws in an element of fear and a staid possibility lodged in his frames at all times during the final climactic juncture of the movie to keep everything as thrilling and ugly as the World War situation originally was.

I can’t thank Robert Wise and the writers enough to have helmed something so beautiful, moulding the tale of Maria Von Trapp into a musical feat.

THE ACCOLADE CORNER

The movie won countless awards out of which the Academy stood in the vanguard to felicitate it immensely. Academy awarded it with Best Picture, Best Director, Best Sound, Best Film Editing and Best Music accolades which were all well deserved, hands down.

The Sound of Music is such a rare classic that it can never be possibly forgotten.

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