if you make anything flashy enough, people will notice it. Illumination is fully aware of this, but it doesnt mean they make good movies
Despicable Me was good though.
Despicable Me (only the first one) was their best work, that i can agree to, but it is a solid C+ at best.
look, let me break it down for you so you can better understand where im coming from. the original Super Mario Bros movie did so terribly that even full decades later, it is still the reason Nintendo has not made another movie until now, because they are afraid it will be a repeat of last time and they will lose a ton of money. after the long period of fear and distrust of making another movie, they go to Illumination, the company notorious for making huge profits despite having a portfolio of sub-par forgettable movies. no matter the quality of the new Mario movie, they are guaranteed profit, and that is the reason they agreed to do it. they do not have any real faith that the Mario movie will be a good movie