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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Despicable Me 4 (2024) - Family and Mayhem

Rating: ★★★½☆ (3.5/5 Stars)

Released 07-03-2024

Watched 07-06-2024

Reviewed 07-09-2024

Watched in the theater Using Cinemark Movie Club

 "Yes, of course he loves you! He just doesn’t show it on his face. Or with his body language. Right, Gru Jr.? Come on."

“Despicable Me 4” returns with the familiar blend of humor, heart, and hijinks that fans of the franchise have come to love. Directed by Chris Renaud and co-directed by Patrick Delage, this fourth main installment finds Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) and his family thrust into a new adventure. Forced to relocate to a safe house to escape the vengeance of old rival Maxime Le Mal (Will Ferrell), Gru faces both external threats and internal challenges.

The plot kicks off with Gru attending a school reunion at Lycée Pas Bon, where he encounters Maxime, who has enhanced himself with cockroach parts to become an overpowered villain. Maxime’s escape from prison sets off a chain of events that forces the Gru family to go into hiding under new identities. The subplot involving the Minions, who are partially transformed into the powerful but unruly Megaminions, adds a layer of chaos and comedy.

One of the standout aspects of “Despicable Me 4” is the introduction of new characters, particularly Poppy Prescott (Joey King), the ambitious new neighbor who recognizes Gru’s villainous past and coerces him into a heist. This dynamic introduces fresh interactions and challenges for Gru, making the story engaging despite its predictable moments.

The voice cast delivers solid performances, with Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig (as Lucy) reprising their roles effortlessly. Will Ferrell’s Maxime Le Mal brings a mix of menace and absurdity, though the character’s motivations and the ultimate showdown may feel familiar to long-time viewers. The animation remains top-notch, with vibrant visuals and inventive set pieces that keep the action lively.

While the film offers plenty of laughs and heartwarming moments, it doesn’t quite reach the heights of its predecessors. The plot, though entertaining, follows a formulaic path that fans of the series will recognize. The humor, largely driven by the Minions, is effective but doesn’t break new ground.

Overall, “Despicable Me 4” is a fun, family-friendly film that stays true to the spirit of the franchise. It’s a solid installment that will entertain kids and offer enough charm to keep adults engaged. However, it lacks the originality and freshness of earlier entries, earning it a respectable 3.5 stars. Whether you choose to see it in theaters or wait for it to hit streaming platforms, it’s a worthy watch for fans of Gru and his lovable, chaotic crew.


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