Minions (2015): Go Back to Where it All Began

Posted: August 1, 2015 in Animated, Comedy, Family

mns_scarlet1sht_rgb_0126_1_0Back at the beginning, the Minions always looked for a master to serve. Whether it was a caveman, dinosaur, or evil dictator, they were incomplete without a leader. After being on their own for a period of time, Kevin, Stuart, and Bob set out to try to find that perfect new person to serve. After a long hike and an eventful hitchhiking trip, the Minions find themselves at Villain Con. A series of events leads them to following back super villain Scarlett Overkill back to London and into a plot to steal the Queen’s crown. While the rest of the Minions wait to hear the good news, Kevin, Stuart, and Bob try their best not to disappoint their new master.

Review: After the previous success of the Despicable Me films, it was only a matter of time before this story was told. Unfortunately, there was a bit too much of it told in the previews to make the actual film enjoyable to watch. The cast was definitely filled with some serious stars. Sandra Bullock played Scarlett Overkill and was assisted by Jon Hamm as Herb. The combo seemed to work well for the story but also felt somewhat familiar with the characters from the first Despicable Me film. The more interesting combination was actually Michael Keaton and Allison Janney as the Nelsons. While a little extra creepy, there seemed to be more to their development than the main villains. Pierre Coffin supplied the voice of the Minions.

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Back to the original point, the preview truly did ruin the excitement of the film. The entire opening set of scenes to display the progression of the Minions’ movement from one leader to another was fully on display in the preview. There was not a single leader left out, and the abominable snowman and his yetis were ruined as well. There was not much more to the plot than the Minions finding Scarlett and stealing the crown. While there was a little more to the story, the buildup just seemed incomplete. There are mixed feelings about having a large portion of the dialogue sounding like gibberish, but the truth is that the laziness of the script and the familiarity of the plot led to the staleness of this spinoff.

Minions could have been a more significant player during a summer of other sequels, reboots, and spinoffs. Instead, it felt like nothing new was added to the Despicable Me universe.

Dan’s Rating: 2.0/5


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