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‘Despicable Me 4’ (2024): A Review

Gru and Lucy's peaceful life soon comes crashing down when criminal mastermind Maxime Le Mal escapes from prison and vows revenge against Gru.

Save Me, I’ve Fallen And I Can’t Get Up!

The 2024 film Despicable Me 4 is the fourth film so far in the Despicable Me series, directed by Chris Renaud and Patrick Delage, produced by Chris Meledandri and Brett Hoffman, and distributed by Universal Pictures and Illumination Studios. Gru is a happy dad to Margo, Edith, Agnes, and now Gru Jr., with a wonderful wife named Lucy. They can get into their fair share of troubles, but in the end, love conquers all. It’s all about family fun, laughter, and smiles. Some grown-ups may even enjoy it, too. 

Run, Run, Run From The Cockroach Man!

Gru is the most evil villain of all time, but there’s another side to him not many people know about. He is also loving, kind, a great father, and even capable of running a small army of minions. In his past, of course, he’s racked up a few archnemeses because of his greatness as a master villain. The story was that Gru actually went to a school called Lycée Pas Bon, the  infamous school that teaches everything from how to steal a dog to how to steal the moon. This is a school where kids learn to walk, talk, and sing like an evil villain. Something, or perhaps someone, brought him back to this place in order to make up for a moment in their shared past. This moment has created a rift so great that the only way to level the score is revenge. 

“The Cockroach Man,” or Maxime Le Mal, is a bad man. He was so bad, he ended up in prison by the infamous Anti-Villain League. This league is the baddest when it comes to catching villains. They have all kinds of tech and toys, secret agents, and even villains gone good, like Gru. Gru is special because there’s a secret to his success. These are the lovable minions. They’re not evil; far from it, actually. They’re funny, loyal, and helpful. They may be a little crazy, but they’re super fun, super cute, and super yellow. It’s madness the way they run around. There are so many of them, but how they talk is especially interesting. It’s confusing to humans, but there’s never a question about what they mean. The weirdest thing of all is they all live in Gru’s basement. Gru really is living the life.

Tell Me, Do You Bleed?

Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) has a wonderful wife named Lucy (Kristen Wiig), who is surprisingly a lot like him and is a perfect mother to his three girls. The oldest is Margo (Miranda Cosgrove). She’s the oldest of the three girls and always protects them first. In the middle is Edith (Dana Gaier). She’s really chill and laid back, and ever so cool with a beanie she never takes off. Last but never least is Agnes (Madison Skyy Poland). She’s the sweet one of the bunch. She’s imaginative, brave, and has a big heart. Their lives were upset by Maxime “The Cockroach Man” (Will Ferrell). He was coming after Gru because of something that happened long ago, involving a talent show in the 9th grade, and the song “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears for Fears. Maxime’s rage was insane and had been festering for years. Gru and his family had to leave everything behind, including the minions (Pierre Coffin), who were also like family to them.

When they entered the new town of Mayflower to go to their new safehouse, they made some interesting new friends, one of the leading contenders being a young girl with a penchant for evil. Her name is Poppy Prescott (voiced by Joey King). She is the queen of extortion and blackmail. She has a plan, and she’s determined to use Gru to get it. Poppy wants to go to Lycée Pas Bon like Gru did, but she wants to prove herself worthy. She needs Gru’s help. So, while Lucy is at her job fulfilling her duties as a new hairstylist named Blanche, Gru is cooking up something new in Poppy’s treehouse. Gru and Poppy return to the school in the dead of night to pull the prank of all pranks. In the end, all it takes is little Gru Jr. and an overflow of minions to bring it all home. By the end, the audience has realized what really happened on that fateful day of the 9th grade talent show, and only redemption can save their souls now.

What is Mayflower Really? 

Color is one of the most important things when it comes to animation. Here, it worked flawlessly. The boldness of each scene creates a splash that turns an ordinary film into a stream of life that flows through the audience. This film is an exciting one because of its fluid nature. The kids wake up, they go to school, they come home, and Lucy goes to work. Meanwhile, Gru spends his time trying to bond with his son while also taking care of his girls. Life is different now that they are undercover, so blending in is of the utmost importance. There is so much to see in the Mayflower neighborhood; it’s like having a behind the scenes look into the hidden secrets that lie beneath the surface of this seemingly uptown neighborhood, from the hair salon where Lucy works to the grocery store and even school drop-offs with the mischievous baby Gru Jr. 

The soundtrack for Despicable Me 4 is a true treasure both for the adults and for the kids. There’s a couple of songs from back in the day that give an added edge to the film and make it fun for everyone. The Despicable Me 4 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was created by Heitor Pereira, a Brazilian composer. It has 44 songs, one for each heist, chase, and jailbreak. He has created the perfect companion to the already amazing film. Then there is the famous theme song (sung by Pharrell Williams) of Gru from the Despicable Me series, and it is of course titled “Despicable Me.” 

Pick Me, Pick Me!

This is a great film to take kids to just to have fun and share a few laughs with them. It’s awesome and full of adventures. The minions from the ordinary Despicable Me series have even gotten some upgrades that are strangely not unlike the Fantastic Four superheroes – just something to think about.

Despicable Me 4 (2024) Official Illumination Trailer

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Cailen Fienemann is a current student at Le Moyne College pursuing her BA in English and Communications with a film studies minor and a creative writing concentration.  Though uncertain about her career end-goals, any job that allows her to write is a cherished one indeed.