Moody bald protagonist Gru (Steve Carell) is at the top of his game. No longer a super villain, and now married to the lovely Lucy (Kristen Wiig), Gru is one of the highest ranked agents at the Anti-Villain League. That is until he lets the notorious child movie star turned real life villain Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) get away once again. Gru, and consequently Lucy as well, are both fired. Soon, news arrives that Gru secretly has a twin brother who was separated from him early into his infancy. He’s ecstatic. Gru and Lucy, as well as their three adopted kids Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Nev Scharrel), venture out to meet their long lost relative. His name is Dru, also voiced by Steve Carell, and he’s lived a life of villainy, much like Gru used to, and he wishes to go on one last heist with his newly found brother.
The central focus is on Gru and his brother Dru. The fundamentals of the story, while generic, predictable and often full of conveniences, work pretty well for the most part. Their relationship slowly starts to blossom, however not without the necessary complications. Scenes of the two bonding can be fun, but tiresome. They are, essentially, the same person, and that’s the film’s biggest joke. While separated from birth, they grew up living parallel lives. Each of them had a varying quality of success, but they mostly followed a similar path. Yet something about them is noticeably different. Dru’s a little more charming and sociable, while Gru lives a more stable lifestyle. Their sibling relationship, and the overall themes of acceptance, makes for some of the best aspects of the movie.
In fact, the biggest issue this movie faces is with the whole Minion storyline. They’re shoehorned in for the sake of being shoehorned in. Gru’s lack of villainy has caused uproar and they’ve quit their job, but once that happens, their presence is entirely inconsequential. Audiences are forced to witness their downfall and arrest, leading to a short, fun but equally dumb prison sequence that’s been featured heavily in the marketing. The Minions, much like Gru’s kids, are off on their own quite pointless adventure for no purpose other than having them in the movie. You can’t sell as many Minion toys if the Minions aren’t in the film. That seems to be about the only mindset behind their presence, and while true, the whole thing could’ve been a lot more focused had they been removed.
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