Despicable Me 4: Movie Review

Despicable Me 4 Movie Review: Reliable Comedy

Much like "Kung Fu Panda 4", "Despicable Me 4" surprised us with its return. The enduring appeal of Illumination's "Despicable Me" franchise, from Gru to the Minions, is undeniable, particularly among younger audiences. As expected, this fourth installment doesn't break any new ground, delivering the same reliable comedy. While younger viewers will be entertained, older audiences may find it somewhat lacking this time around though.

Gru’s (Steve Carell) life is turned upside down with the arrival of a new baby, expanding his role to a father of four and a dedicated Anti-Villain League (AVL) agent. His relationship with Lucy and the girls is stronger than ever, but connecting with little Gru Jr. proves challenging. To complicate matters, Gru and his family are forced to move to a new town after Maxime Le Mal (Will Ferrell), Gru’s high school nemesis, escapes from prison seeking revenge.

The primary issue with "Despicable Me 4" is that it feels like a collection of disjointed ideas that never fully develop. For a children's film, there's an overwhelming amount of plotlines that adults will undoubtedly notice. Gru juggles fatherhood with a baby who doesn't seem to like him, his duties as an AVL agent, and mentoring a young villain in the making. Meanwhile, the Minions have their own side stories, including a subplot where some become superheroes as the Mighty Minions. Despite the multitude of plot threads, most don't reach a satisfying conclusion. For adult viewers, the film is just okay. It delivers a healthy dose of laughs, but beyond the comedy, there isn't much substance here to grasp onto. However, our son, who accompanied us, had a blast and rated the film 4.5 out of 5 reels. If you're looking for a fun family outing, "Despicable Me 4" offers an enjoyable experience with its familiar formula, ensuring the younger ones won't be disappointed.

Rating: 3 reels

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