Minions: Rated “PG” (1 hours and 31 minutes)
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Pierre Coffin, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan
Directed by: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin
We all were first introduced to them in Despicable Me, finding them cute and adorable, then with the sequel, we all totally fell in love with them Despicable Me 2. Now, with the release of Minions — the prequel to both of those delightful films — we finally get to experience these entertainingly, goofy creatures, learn their back story, and discover how they wound up hooked with Gru (voiced by Steve Carell). Here, we discover the story of Minions begins at the dawn of time. beginning as single-celled yellow organisms, then evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters.
Unfortunately for these silly creatures, they find themselves to be spectacularly and continuously unsuccessful at managing keeping these masters alive, as through their own clumsiness and ineptitude, they wind up somehow actually causing the demise of all of them — from T. Rex to Napoleon (with a side trip to Dracula) — the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and wind up falling into a deep depression for a very long time. However one of their number — a Minion named Kevin — has a plan. He; alongside two of his stalwart pals, Stuart and Bob; all venture out into the world in order to discover a new evil boss for him and his brethren to follow. The trio then embark upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, the evil Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain (and her husband, Herb Overkill (voiced by Hamm). The trio travel from the frigid Antarctica to New York City during the wildly wacky 1960s, and winding up in the thoroughly mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind from annihilation.
The full-on goofiness of these silly creatures and their search for an evil master is hilarious, as are their bumbling antics while they trip, and stumble their way through an elaborate plot to steal the crown of England first at the behest of Scarlett Overkill, and then up against here as they…well, that would be telling. If you saw either of the first films, or heck, even if you didn’t, you truly owe it to yourself to check this one out, so borrow someone else’s kids, (or just go on you r own) this is one that you’ll totally enjoy.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web.