Morgan Dean reviews ‘Despicable Me 3’

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Will the third time be the charm for an evil genius turned good?

Reformed villain Gru is not always great at being good and that’s been bad for his second career. Voiced again by Steve Carrell, He gets fired from the anti-villain league after letting an 80’s child star, turned evil villain, voiced by Trey Parker, get away.

In this third “Despicable Me” film, Gru also learns that he has a twin brother he’s never met. Also voiced by Steve Carrell, they team up using all kinds of fancy spy gadgets to try and save the world.

“Despicable Me 3” is more of the same the audiences have come to know and like about the series, but somehow it feels just a little less here.

That’s sometimes the problem when a movie series goes on this long, resting on its tried and true conventions, instead of trying something new. Not that the kids will notice, a couple of minion pratfalls and one or two over the top evil devices are usually enough to keep their attentions.

I do give it some credit for its 80’s vibe, which is an obvious but welcomed bone the filmmakers have thrown to the parents.

“Despicable Me 3” earns an okay B minus.

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