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Despicable Me 3

Supervillain-turned-super agent (and super dad) Gru (Steve Carell) once had an uneasy relationship with the law, but the law of diminishing returns has got him bang to rights in Despicable Me 3, which sees the megamovie franchise that spawned a mass of Minions merchandise (and, in 2015, a spin-off movie of their very own) running on fumes. Not since Shrek the Third has so much animated effort been poured into a threequel that’s likely to disappoint even the most avid fan of Gru, his adopted daughters, and those adorably mischievous little yellow helpers. If you’ve seen the first trailer, you’ve already met the film’s best feature – ’80s teen TV star turned supervillain Balthazar Bratt (voiced by South Park co-creator Trey Parker),  but you’ve also seen the film’s best scene. The remaining 88 minutes often feels like filler. Continue reading “Despicable Me 3”

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Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)

Here’s something you don’t see every day: a comic, computer-animated take on Shakespeare’s tragic love story, played out between garden gnomes involved in the middle of a turf war, soundtracked by the songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin. That it works so well is largely thanks to an extraordinary cast of recognisable voices – you won’t find Maggie Smith and Ozzy Osbourne on the same cast list, outside of an as-yet-unproduced Downton Abbey/Donington Castle crossover – led by James McEvoy, Emily Blunt, Jason Statham and Michael Caine – and a near-constant sense of madcap invention keeps it moving at runaway lawnmower speed.

★★★ DH