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Despicable Me 3 – The Dope Sheet Movie Review

Release Date:  June 30, 2017
Rating:  PG
Run Time:  1 hour 30 minutes
After Credit Scene:  NO
IMAX Viewing:  NO
3D Viewing:  NO
Reviewer:  Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score:  7.9 out of 10

A Non-Spoiler Review

Gru, bad guy turned good guy, finds out that he has a twin brother.  He and his family go to meet his newly found brother and bond over an attempt to thwart the evil plan of Balthazar Bratt.  Bratt, a child actor who’s tv show was canceled, now grown up, has turned to a life of crime.

What works:  For those who love the Minions, have no fear as they get plenty of screen time and are funny.  So many 80’s references in this movie that parents are sure to enjoy.  The message echoed is ‘family,’ and is a theme throughout the film.  Steve Carell continues to do the voice of Gru and in this film, he also does the voice of Dru, Gru’s twin brother.  Excellent voice work done by the cast.

What doesn’t work:  Although a good movie and it is trying to evolve the characters, this is a kid’s movie at heart and it doesn’t keep adults engaged.  This is fully expected by me, but this is the only fault I had with the movie

A good soundtrack for those who enjoy the 80’s and as I mentioned above, there are many 80’s references.  Fun and refreshing story, this franchise has a good track record and provides another good sequel.  My instinct tells me we’ll see another movie in the future as there are a few different directions it could continue, that is if the movie continues to be a financial success as well.  Kids are sure to enjoy this summer film.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give Despicable Me 3 a 7.9.  It is worth seeing in the theater and maybe a popcorn combo.

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Despickable 3 poster

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Trailer Snark (June 30, 2017 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Despicable Me 3 (Universal) –  Family/Animation
Rated PG for action and rude humor
Tag Line: Hard time ahead.
Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig
Plot: Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Chris: “You’re despicable”….yes, that was animated entertainment.  If you don’t know the reference, you are too young.
Jim: These movies are hilarious and great for families to watch. Seeing it today. Gotta love the minions.

The House (Warner Bros) – Comedy
Rated R for language throughout, sexual references, drug use, some violence and brief nudity.
Tag Line: If you can’t beat the house, be… The House.
Starring: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler
Plot: A dad convinces his friends to start an illegal casino in his basement after he and his wife spend their daughter’s college fund.
Running Time: 88 minutes

Jim: A great cast and premise—-this week is looking good.
Chris: Amusing concept.  Will Ferrell movies tend to be pretty good, so I am intrigued.  How far would you go to send your kid to college?  Definitely not this far.

Baby Driver (TriStar Pictures) – Action
Rated R for Violence, Language, and Adult Situations.
Tag Line: All you need is one killer track.
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Jamie Fox, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey
Plot: After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.
Running Time: 113 minutes

Chris: Hey, Frank Castle sighting!  Other than that, I am not too interested in this one.  It will probably be worth a rainy night rental.
Jim: Good trailer #3. Over the top, mind-numbing action—it must be summertime. And with Edgar Wright, director of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World “at the wheel.”

You can read our very own Dope Sheet Review of Baby Driver here!

The Little Hours (Gunpowder & Sky) – Comedy/Romance
Rated R for graphic nudity, sexual content and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, Dave Franco, John C. Reilly
Plot: A young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns in the Middle Ages. Introduced as a deaf blind man, he must fight to hold his cover as the nuns try to resist temptation.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Jim: What the…? Sheesh. I love Aubrey Plaza.
Chris: I almost feel ashamed to say it, but Aubrey Plaza may have found the perfect role.  Looks funny as all heck.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for The Little Hours (Jim and Chris) and One for Despicable Me (Jim)

Aubrey Plaza Goes All Out Nun Ratchet in "The Little Hours"
Aubrey Plaza Goes All Out Nun Ratchet in “The Little Hours”