We went to see this last night. It's okay... not great. I wouldn't rush back to see it again, but I'm fairly glad I saw it once. It's still fun. But as the fourth movie, it seems to be searching a little for a coherent story line... and it misses.
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Rather, there are four storylines that are intertwined (not especially joined together) to form one movie.
Gru and Dru - it's forced. It wasn't as organic as I would like, and considering that each Despicable movie seems to be about Gru letting someone else into his life... it's pretty formulaic.
Lucy is a cross between a good wife for Dru, a psychopathic spy, and a desperate trying-to-be-a-mother. Of course, every character is a combination of traits, but these didn't seem to merge in her very well. still, she wasn't a nagging bitch of a wife... a pleasant surprise.
Balthazaar Blatt, as the villain, is a real delight. This was a really fun character, quirky as hell, and in the great super villain mold; better than Gru is, in fact. I might have liked a Vector cameo, but it wasn't necessary. To me, the high point of the movie overall.
The girls are... the girls. If they are not the central focus of the scene or the movie, they're kind of hard to make work... they're not very good as incidental characters, I think. And not a lot of effort went to making them interesting either. Had they been relegated to a minor appearance, I'd have been okay with that.
And then the minions. Still funny, still crazy... and barely involved in the story of this movie. Really, they could have had their own movie instead of their appearance here - huh? They DID? Then they should have been more minion-ish in this movie, more so than characters who were jammed in because they're cute and funny... because they contributed so very little that wasn't part of their own specific storyline.
Oh, and giving them a more defined language? Why the hell go to all that work? It was still completely nonundestandable, there wasn't the occasional English thrown in to make it funny, and... well, they were just VERY disappointing.
However, they were involved in my single favorite moment in the move... when they get thrown onto the TV talent show, and they start into their version of "Modern Major General", I 'bout wet myself. Why do we not have more Gilbert and Sullivan in modern movies? :) I am biased in that I WAS in "The Pirates of Penzance", but it was still classically funny.
For the Bratt plotline, the 80s music was really nice.
And I guess that Russell Brand was either too busy or too expensive for a came voice job for Dr. Nefario. Shame.
There was a lot of fun and funny to this movie, but the little bits kept dragging me away from the story out of the movie.
Go see it once. It's fun and you'll like it. Just don't try to watch the details too hard... therein lies disappointment.