Review | Minions (2015)
- Directed by: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin
- With:Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton
- 91 Minutes
Universal’s most adorable little yellow guys are back for a new mission and this time Gru was not invited to the party. After helping the most despicable men ever, Minions return to tell their story right from the beginning. While their love for evilness remains adorable, this time the mission was trickier… A standalone movie featuring Minions may sound funny at first but I still had my own doubts regarding whether these guys had enough potential or not in a movie that focuses entirely on them. The story of their origins… The constant look for an ultimate villain… If there’s one thing everybody loves about this little fellas is the way they express their evilness and this time they did it again. From the perspective of a guy that wasn’t expecting that much, Minions ended up being a really funny surprise.
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. Featuring a sound-track of hit music… [Sinopsys by: Universal Pictures]
The thing I was more reluctant about was the story because in Despicable Me, even though these guys were constantly there helping Gru they were some sort of “prop” in the story. I know that they’re funny but I was not expecting much from this journey through the delicious world of ba-na-nas. Thankfully, I was wrong and Universal can be proud of having another pleasant hit in their portfolio of this year. The story is lovely to watch since it allows us to get to know these guys from the moment they were simple cells already looking for an evil lord. Because that’s what this movie is ultimately about… An infinite quest for an evil boss. A quest with delicious and funny events… Some of them reveled in the trailer that feature some of the most important facts in our world’s history. These guys are unstoppable and even though they have an incredible talent for messing things up, there’s no way to deny how faithful they are to their bosses. Mostly suitable for kids, Minions story focuses in three characters and that was a good idea, since it allowed us to keep up with everything more easily.
As a funny adventure, Minions fulfills its goal and manages to keep up with the previous movies from the franchise, even though Gru is not in the lead. Stuart, Kevin and Bob will give you several great moments that include some cool pop culture references. Ultimately, this return worked as a pleasant summer movie. It’s funny, adorable and entertaining, like it should be but it isn’t as good as the two Despicable, since there’s something missing in the picture… Without Gru, our hopes are with three brave Minions that lead this quest for the ultimate boss. Although the jokes were good, I couldn’t help but feel that that Minions has not that much to show. The story is funny, you’ll relate with these guys in a way it was not possible with Despicable Me but when it comes to be more than just entertaining, that is the negative point of this whole adventure. Trust me, the entire family is going to have a good time but there’s no need for high expectations… You just need to seat back and enjoy this ride. A refreshing comedy that both kids and grown-ups will enjoy is one good way to describe Minions… A movie that even though it has not characters as good as the ones we saw in the two first chapters, it still managed to be adorable and entertaining.