Cert: U Runtime: 91 mins Director: Kyle Balda & Pierre Coffin Cast: Piere Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan, Jennifer Saunders, Geoffrey Rush and Steve Carrell
Doesn’t it feel so good to be bad?
Despicable Me is a franchise which is ever growing you’d have to live under a rock not to know who they are! The first two films were pretty funny and they are worthy watches. My better half loves the minions and we all knew I’d be going to watch it. My main issue with this it’s a prequel, not the most surprising move by Pierre Coffin. This film is made for money and nothing else, it’s going to achieve some gross profits. The trailers seem to have ruined the film all ready but we shall divulge more into this later. What is The Minions about you ask? Since the dawn of time, the Minions have served a variety of masters – the dinosaurs, the Ancient Egyptians, Dracula. Unfortunately, due to their bumbling nature, the Minions have inadvertently bumped off each and every one of them! Fast-forward to the 1960s and the Minions are looking for a new master to serve. Their quest brings them to New York, where they discover the world’s first female super-villain, Scarlett Overkill (Sandra Bullock). It seems that the Minions have finally found who they are looking for.
Minions was everything I expected it to be just OK. These little bald, jaundice looking children can’t hold a whole film by themselves. The plot is interesting but it never delivers the full potential of the film. We just get the repetitiveness of the Minions. They are funny little things but they were just boring. It has funny parts but they are very rare. I sat in a full house cinema and not even the kids found it funny. Sandra Bullock was OK through out the film but Scarlett Overkill isn’t utilized enough through out. After the first 10 mins, Minions is plagued by too many unnecessary pointless characters, plain villains, inconsequential dialogue and actions … and the boredom that the Minions experience on screen is unfortunately also paralleled at the same time by the audience and never really lifted up after that. Some positives such as, the beginning of the filmed started with a flash through time of how the Minions have had different evil leaders and that was hilarious, sadly that was the funniest part of the movie. The Minions themselves had some funny moments which worked and helped this film. Also some of the human characters had some great line and some great physical comedy but otherwise a generic kids flick. The trailers ruined the film in all honesty. Save your money for Inside Out next month.