Review of 'Minions'

minions.jpg “Minions” tells the story of the Minions from the “Despicable Me” movies. It begins with our following the origins of the “Minions” as they first crawl their way out of the seas on ancient earth then as they seek to find a master for who they can be minions (a particularly unsuccessful period as minions for a Tyrannosaurus Rex is particularly memorable and amusing). We fast forward to the 1960s where the minions are living in Antarctica but sad at their inability to find a master. On Minion, Kevin, seeks to go out into the world to find a master with Minions Stewart and Bob “volunteered” to go with him. In their travelling they learn of the “Villain Con” convention where they are sure they will be able to find an evil master which turns out to be “Scarlet Overkill” (Sandra Bullock) - the world's first woman super villain. Scarlet is determined to become queen of England but when Bob accidentally becomes king when drawing the sword Excalibur from the stone she is not happy…It looks like another failed minion attempt at finding a master…

A great lot of fun with jokes throughout aimed at both adults and children alike. The animation is slick and vivid with amazing set pieces site easily side by side with silly fart jokes (and the like). Living in London I found the jokes aimed at my city and country particularly amusing. Certainly this is a great movie for any fans of the Despicable Me films but I am sure anyone who is young or young at heart will find this a good romp. The lack of any real language of the Minions also means it will be accessible by many with mostly visual humour being involved. The story is fairly elaborate but not so much that younger viewers will be able to follow though the really young might have some trouble. The cultural jokes will be particularly appreciated by adults. Just really good fun.

Rating: “Nearly perfect, but not quite”

Review Date: 2015-11-28

Directed by: Balda Kyle and Pierre Coffin

Studio: Illumination Entertainment

Year: 2015

Length: 91 minutes

Genre: Animation

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