Genre: Animated Comedy
Running Time: 91 mins.
Premise: This prequel, set in 1968, follows 3 Minions (Stuart, Kevin & Bob) as they search for an evil master. Their search leads them to Villain-Con where they meet Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), who tasks them with stealing the English crown. When that plan backfires, Scarlet seeks revenge and it's up to the Minions to stop her.
Behind-the-Scenes: After stealing every scene in Despicable Me and its sequel, Universal and Illumination Entertainment finally wised up and gave the Minions their own movie.
The Good: Because the Minions only speak in gibberish, the filmmakers are required to be inventive and come up with crowd-pleasing physical comedy and sight gags, which land more often than not - at least with respect to the target audience of kids. The voice cast is fairly impressive - in addition to Bullock, you've got Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, and Allison Janney, plus Geoffrey Rush narrating.
The Bad: All of the best gags are already spoiled by the trailers that have been showing in front of every kids' movie for the last year. 90 minutes may be a bit much for an all-Minions movie. Despite the buckets of money to be made by stretching it into a feature-length film, this concept would have worked much better on the small screen or in 3-minute short films. No surprise here - the plot is dumb and often non-sensical. Minions feels like payback for taking too much enjoyment out of seeing Inside Out with the kids.
Should You See It?: Do you even have a choice? Parents will be hard pressed to avoid it.
Star Rating: ** out of 5 stars.
Better Than: Strange Magic, Home
Worse Than: Inside Out, Despicable Me 1 +2
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