Minions is no Despicable Me


PG (for action and rude humor)

91 minutes

Animation, Comedy, Family

Cast: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, Jennifer Saunders, Geoffrey Rush, Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin as The Minions

If those Despicable Me films ever had you wondering where those little yellow pill shaped creatures that speak part English, part some other language and part jibberish came from, wonder no more! We see the quick progression of the Minion from single-celled yellow organism through the pre-historic times up until the 60’s when they fall into a deep depression because they don’t have anyone to serve. Then Kevin has a great idea – travel the world in search of a villain, a trek that takes him, Stuart and Bob from Antarctica to New York City and all the way to London in 1968. While attending Villain Con (think Comic Con) their potential master, Scarlett Overkill (Sandra Bullock) challenges them to a task. Whoever can steal the large red gem stone from her hand will be allowed to serve this super villain and her husband Herb (Jon Hamm.) I’m sure you can guess who gets the job.

Through a series of fumbling, bumbling events the Minions are half helpful and half clueless when it comes to doing evil. They are surprisingly well versed in the rock songs of the ’60’s. The playlist covers everything from Happy Together by The Turtles, You Really Got Me by The Kinks and of course, Mellow Yellow by Donovan. The list is impressive. The only catch – with a few exceptions – most of the songs are sung in Minionese – ugh!

There was way TOO much Minion chaos going on in this film if you ask me. Without Gru it’s just not that charming, nor is it that funny, and really not very entertaining.  I miss the solid story line, the likeable characters and the funny little minions with fewer lines. When they’re not the main focus but appear in smaller doses they are much more entertaining.  Too much high pitched minionese gets really old, really fast. The script is just… ho hum… boring. The cast voicing the characters is impressive enough. (See list above.)  There just isn’t any stand out characters.   The script needs help. Too much Minion too much of the time.

Arruga! = 1

Fidget Factor = 1

Age Ranging = 7 and up

Overall grade = C

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