This week’s big film

In Despicable Me 4, Gru faces a new nemesis in Maxime Le Mal and his femme fatale girlfriend Valentina, forcing the family to go on the run. Some of it did put a glowing smile on my face, but unfortunately we’ve seen it all before. It started to get boring. Nevertheless, the younger members of the audience absolutely adored it. I’m not sure how long this franchise is going to continue, but it’s still big enough to bring families to their local cinema, so it must have something going for it. Not really for me, though.

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