Despicable Me 3 (2017)

Gru and the minions are back in the third instalment of this much-loved franchise. However, this time round the focus is on Gru finding out he has a twin brother. While the twist can be accompanied by an interesting story line, I found this film to be very predictable compared to the first two films in the series. Do not get me wrong I love the despicable me movies. The first two were fantastic and I still re-watch them on a regular basis, but there seemed to be something missing with this third film.

Let’s break it down…

There were some sweet parts that received a few chuckles from the audience but the humour was nothing compared to the first films. I was really looking forward to the film because of how much I love the characters. Gru is hilarious and no one can pull off an accent like that but Steve Carell. He always brings the best out of the character. A villain who has a good heart adopts 3 girls and forms a family… It is a fantastic personality to slot into an animation! It is part of what makes the franchise so successful.

Another part of the films everyone loves is the minions! These funny, cute, yellow little things who talk a language that no one understands. My entire family adore them. My father especially, it is part of the reason why the family outing was to see the movie. However, the minions had such a small part to play in the film. The little part that they received felt so disjointed in comparison to the rest of the film. It did not really fit. I feel there was so much more that could have evolved around the minion’s storylines and I feel that they deserved to be a part of the film more. I mean, who doesn’t love the minions?!

The new antagonist “Balthazar Bratt” is such an entertaining designed character. His 80s persona is such a fun add on to the film. I loved watching the dance battles between him and Gru and for some odd reason I really enjoyed the destructive chewing gum which was his weapon of choice. He also came across as a personal challenge for Gru which added some depth to the film. It felt like if Gru were to finally catch him it would make all his own mishaps melt away and I would have loved to this play out. But I didn’t… does this mean there is an opening for a fourth instalment perhaps?

The animation is absolutely beautiful and it is always comforting to see loved characters return to the screen. This will be what carries the film. The film will do well because of the history that the characters already have with the audience, however, the story, unfortunately, is a weak spot for me. I would have loved the story about the minions needing Gru to have been developed further rather than this long lost brother plot. It almost felt misplaced. It was sweet, just rather forgettable. I doubt the third film will leave as much of as impression as the first two films did.

*lights out*

Natalia

xx

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What’s the Big deal about the Little Lies?

Hi guys,

TV is taking over the world. As TV becomes more raw, more honest and way more twisted the act within itself is becoming an addiction… I just finished the first season of the series ‘Big Little Lies’ which seems to have made a big splash in the TV world and I have very mixed feelings about this whole spin of lies… First, when I started the series I was unaware that the series is based on a book of the same name. Now that I know this bit of information a lot of what was bothering me on TV seems to make sense. Which is why this is going to be part one of ‘What’s the Big deal about the Little Lies” Part two will cover a review of the book- so keep a look out! But back to the series…

As TV becomes more raw, more honest and way more twisted the act within itself is becoming an addiction… I just finished the first season of the series ‘Big Little Lies’ which seems to have made a big splash in the TV world and I have very mixed feelings about this whole spin of lies… First, when I started the series I was unaware that the series is based on a book of the same name. Now that I know this bit of information a lot of what was bothering me on TV seems to make sense. Which is why this is going to be part one of ‘What’s the Big deal about the Little Lies” Part two will cover a review of the book- so keep a look out! But back to the series…

My first thought- amazing cast! The amount of talent in this show is crazy. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodly and Zoe Kravitz all work together so well. I felt like their chemistry was so real it almost felt as if there was trouble in real life which represents how talented these woman really are. The kids were also great. it must have been a difficult situation for these kids since the theme of the show is so intense. For me, the kids brought the TV element to the show. Without them, It would have felt very TV movie like rather than series.Reese is one of my favourite actresses. The way she takes on a character is beautiful. She never loses her essence but always brings the character to life. It was exciting watching her on the small screen. We are also trained to view Nicole as a movie screen actress however she brought such elegance to an obviously troubled character. It made for some fascinating TV time.

Reese is one of my favourite actresses. The way she takes on a character is beautiful. She never loses her essence but always brings the character to life. It was exciting watching her on the small screen. We are also trained to view Nicole as a movie screen actress however she brought such elegance to an obviously troubled character. It made for some fascinating TV time.

Although the cast was brilliant, I have some issues. From the moment the series started, I felt it had a very slow pace. There seemed to be a lot of driving up and down for the characters. So much screen time was spent in cars. If the cast were not busy driving, they were busy dreaming. And while I am all for a dream sequence or even a fantastic flashback, I felt confused. There were too many moments where I caught myself wondering what was the reality, what was a flashback and what was a dream? Towards the middle of the series, I decided to view the car trips and reality and the beach bits as a dream since that was the only thing really lining up for me.

I think the story was really captivating. This whole perfect exterior and messed up interior theme is so relatable and so relevant. I feel that in the past TV and film was all about escapism and glamour. Now, in the 21st-century artists want to tell real stories. They want their audience to feel the story rather than dream about it. There were such intense themes explored in the show. Rape, the struggles of being a single parent, Money and the terrifying world of marital abuse. It sometimes felt too much. ‘Big Little lies’ is a big story to tell… however, I feel that it would have translated better to a movie rather than a series which was filled up with characters driving back and fourth.

Overall, I have watched worse TV, but would I rush to watch a season 2? Maybe not, I would prefer to read the book and find out what the characters are doing without all the driving. Which is precisely what I intend to do….

Reading glasses on….

*lights out*

Natalia

xxx