Despicable Me 4 Review

Despicable Me 4: A Critique

Despicable Me 4 should really be called Minions 6. That’s not technically a value judgment; it would be simply a more honest label, one that describes the shifting priorities of the animated franchise and the studio responsible for it. (Illumination, which also produced The Super Mario Bros. Movie and The Secret Life of Pets, has made its branding increasingly Minion-centric over the years.) It would also more accurately reflect a film so nonsensically scattered that its jabbering banana-slug mascots are the only characters who make any kind of sense.

With his villain days behind him – though not his villainous methods or disposition – reformed criminal mastermind Gru (Steve Carell) has taken a job with the Anti-Villain League, or the AVL, who enlist his services to thwart colorful evildoers seeking to rule (or alternately destroy) the world. Gru is now firmly a family man: He’s been married to the sunny Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) since Despicable Me 2, and the couple now has a biological son. They’re also still raising three daughters – Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Madison Polan) – none of whom have gotten any older since Gru adopted them in the first movie.