Directors: Kyle Balda & Pierre Coffin
Run Time: 91 minutes
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Geoffrey Rush, Steve Coogan, Jennifer Saunders, et al…
Plot (taken from IMDb): Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world.
The Minions took the world by storm when Despicable Me hit cinemas back in 2010. Since then, you haven’t been able to enter a supermarket or arcade without seeing a minion toy. Indeed, the minions have become so huge that you will see people dressed up as them at festivals, for reasons beyond me, the little yellow pill guys really took off. Indeed, for Illumination Entertainment, Despicable Me has become a big deal. In a matter of a few weeks, Despicable Me 3 will be hitting the cinemas. While I have never got the appeal for the minions for people older than ten, I understand that for kids, Despicable Me is huge – it’s this generation’s Toy Story. To be fair, I enjoyed Despicable Me quite a lot, and the second one isn’t too bad. I gave Minions a go.
Turns out, that without Gru (Steve Carell), the minions can’t stand on their own all that well. In a plot that tells the story of the minions, we see that they have always been on Earth, wishing to serve villains. As we learn, however, it never goes well for the well-meaning, but silly, yellow dudes. They had a hand in the demise of the dinosaurs and seem to bring grisly doom to all who take them on as minions. This is, until after living in an ice cave for hundreds of years gets to them. They get bored without a super villain looking after them. Kevin, Bob and Stuart go on a journey to find a new villain, somehow finding themselves in New York in the late 1960s. One thing leads to another, and they are minions for super villain Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock) – who needs them in her quest to steal the Queen’s crown.
Minions isn’t a complicated movie, and for little kids there are a lot of laughs along the way thanks to the minions gibberish (made out of a composite of different languages) and unhealthy obsession with bottoms and bananas. For older viewers however, Minions just doesn’t offer all that much. Despite the lack of smarts, however, you may leave Minions a little surprised. It’s got a few laughs along the way, backed up with some gorgeous animation. It’s all very zany and over the top, but there are so many jokes crammed into its 91 minute run time, that a few are bound to stick.
While the film can be funny on occasion, it doesn’t offer any kind of plot compared to Despicable Me. You are taken on a silly ride through non stop gags, but there is no substance to the film. Minions is a whistle-stop tour of wacky situations that never feel like they can go wrong. This is a film for kids through and through. There are messages about friendship and believing in yourself to take away, but little beyond that. Minions is zany, ridiculous and over the top fun for the under-tens, and there’s nothing particularly wrong with that, but at the end of the day, I just don’t find the minions that funny.
One that kids will love, but lacks any substance.