A SILLY, COLORFUL, ANIMATED FILM THAT KIDS WILL PROABLY GO “BANANAS” OVER, AND THE ADULTS MIGHT LIKE IT AS WELL!
By Nico Beland
Movie Review: B- (3 stars)
(From left to right) Stuart, Kevin, and Bob…the Minions
A Minions movie, who came up with this brilliant idea? It’s the ultimate cash grab when it comes to family entertainment. Everyone should be familiar with the incredibly popular yellow, banana loving little guys from the hit Despicable Me franchise by this point, I still stand that the Minion slapstick moments from Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 are some of the funniest physical humor I’ve ever seen in an animated movie, so how about an entire hour and a half of that?
That’s pretty much what the Minions movie is, a prequel to the first Despicable Me movie and the first movie to be entirely focused on the Minions. And for what it is, it’s a decent animated comedy, some of the Minion humor gets a little tiresome after a while but with enough creative scenarios, energeti
c animation, side characters, and
visual gags, it’s pretty much what you would expect, it’s the Minions on an
adventure to find a master with often hilarious results.
Minions have existed on Earth far longer than humans, dated all the way back to the Jurassic period (and no this isn’t a Minions/Jurassic Park crossover!). Throughout their entire lives, the Minions have been on a quest to find the most “Despicable” master they could to lead them and so they could have a purpos
e in life.
They survived the age
of di nosaurs,
the dawn of man, the reign of Anubis, the French Revolution, and they even blew
the dark ages to dust…literally on their quest to find a master to serv e, but
unfortunately everything fails. So three Minions named Kevin, Stuart, and Bob
set off on an adventure to find the greatest villain of all time for the
Minions to serve before they go extinct.
, Stuart, and Bob make their
way to Orlando, Florida, 1969 B.G. (Before Gru) home of Villain-Con, an entire
convention dedicated to sup ervillains; think Comic Con minus the superheroes.
While there they learn about one of the greatest supervillains of all time, as
well as the first female villain, the Red Hot as Lava, Scarlet Overkill (voiced
by Sandra Bullock-The Blind Side, The Heat, Gravity) and her tech savvy husband, Herb (Jon Hamm-Mad Men, Million Dollar Arm) who recruit Kevin, Stuart, and Bob to steal
Queen Elizabeth’s crown so she could rule England and possibly the world, what
follows is slapstick, shenanigans, traitors, and over the top action.
Overall, Minions is a passable movie to show the kids, but
unlike C ars 2, Planes, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Smurfs,
there’s actual thought and effort put into the film that should get some
giggles and joy out of older audiences as well, but it’s more strictly a kids
flick, but there’s nothing wrong with that. This could have easily been a
complete corporate sellout and just focus on the Minions doing their
shenanigans that you would see during segways in the Despicable Me movies and the Minion
shorts on the Blu-Rays.
Fortunately with some equally funny side character
s, over the top voice performances, and some creatively silly
situations, this can be a fun family outing, assuming you’ve already seen
Inside Out. It’s not on par with Despicable
Me or Despicable Me 2, but for a
movie that should have been dead on arrival, it manages to deliver some silly
belly laughs and colorful animation that is sure to turn you and your entire
family “Yellow with Bananas”.
But, PS if you want a really smart and unforgettable animated movie for the entire family, I’m sure Inside Out is playing nex