Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin
Animation, Comedy, Family
Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Pierre Coffin, Steve Carell, Jennifer Saunders, Geoffrey Rush
Illumination Entertainment, Universal Studios
July 10, 2015
The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters - from T. rex to Napoleon - the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he - alongside teen-age rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob - ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock), the world's first supervillainess ever. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in modern London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind...from annihilation
The world was first introduced to the love-em or hate-em Minions in Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me back in 2010, and they returned in Despicable Me 2 a few years later in 2013. Now, the Minions have their own movie and we check it out in our Minions review!
The Minions have existed long before Gru and the events in Despicable Me. So long in fact that they have been around pretty much since the beginning of time, always searching for the biggest and baddest beast – and eventually human – to serve and call boss. Being Minions though, they’re not always the sharpest tools in the shed and lets just say that their antics often led to their current boss’ demise. After going through boss after boss, the Minions find themselves in a snowy cave and for awhile life was good – but as the movie goes, something was missing.
So a Minion named Kevin has a grand idea to head out into the world and find a new evil boss to serve. And off go Kevin, Stuart, and Bob to 1960s New York City. Their adventure soon leads them to Villain-Con in Orlando where they hope to be able to offer up their services to the most evil villain of all time – Scarlet Overkill.
Without spoiling the plot too much, the Minions are given a task by Scarlet – complete it and they and all the other Minions will get whatever they want and be able to serve under her. Of course, one thing leads to another and Minion screw up after Minion screw up turns things right in the end.
The Minions have always been funny as supporting characters in the Despicable Me movies, so how do they fare when the gibberish speaking, banana loving sidekicks are the main focus of a movie? Surprisingly well actually. The movie is definitely geared for kids, so if you go into it expecting as such, it really is an enjoyable hour-and-a-half with quite a few laughs. Even though they speak gibberish for the most part, their slapstick humour and antics are sure to put a smile on your face.
I was a bit apprehensive about Sandra Bullock being cast as the voice of Scarlet Overkill, after all she’s never really played a villain type role before (that I’ve seen). She did very well with the voice acting of Scarlet, but the character itself didn’t come across as nefarious as her namesake makes her out to be. In some ways Herb, her husband (voiced by Jon Hamm), was a much more energetic and “fun” villain.
On the other hand, the Nelsons – a family of villains who assist Kevin, Stuart, and Bob in getting to Villain-Con – were fantastically villainous and honestly should have had more of a role in the movie as opposed to popping up occasionally.
As far as the Minions themselves go, 90% of the movie only featured Kevin, Stuart, and Bob and each had their own distinct traits that made them a lot of fun to watch. Kevin was the obvious leader type, while Stuart was more the rebel, and then there was Bob… the “little kid” Minion. Overall the chemistry between the three – if there is such a thing between animated yellow Minions – worked well and provided enough Minion diversity to keep things fresh.
In the end, the animation was on par with what you would expect from Illumination Entertainment and the Minion-centric story was pretty fun and well written for the most part. If you enjoy the Minions from the Despicable Me movies, then you (and your kids) will be sure to enjoy them in their own movie. And don’t think you’ve seen the last of them, the Minions will be returning to the big screen in 2017’s Despicable Me 3.