Despicable Me 3: This animation runs low on ideas
Co-directed by Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda and Eric Guillon, Despicable Me 3 is a pick 'n' mix of half-formed ideas, crudely stitched together with flimsy subplots that lack any forward momentum.
The third film in the series relies heavily on the googly-eyed minions and there are fleeting giggles involving the comical stooges and their high-pitched lingo of Esperanto meets gobbledygook.
Alas, human protagonists are a drab bunch by comparison, even with the introduction of a long-lost twin brother for lead character Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) and a new arch villain, Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker), who is stuck in a 1980s time warp, necessitating a soundtrack laden with bygone gems including Take On Me, 99 Red Balloons and Into The Groove.
Visuals are slick and colourful, but beneath the wrapping what we're left with, sadly, is Despicable Meh.