Despicable Me fans have finally gotten the movie they wanted. Gone is Gru and any “central plot” involving humans becoming heroes or villains. Instead, Universal Pictures have given you a movie just about the minions, those lovable yet incredibly goofy little creatures that would steal the show in both Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2. The problem with a movie devoted just to these characters is that if you haven’t seen the first two films, you may not get the humour or you may even be annoyed by the fact that this is an hour and a half of these creatures being stupid in typical minion fashion while speaking in their own inaudible language – without subtitles. Sure, fans will love it. But this film is more of a continuation of a joke rather than a fresh take on similar material.
The film opens with the evolution of the minions over time. Starting as little yellow capsule organisms, they grow through the ages. They are looking to serve the most villainous of masters, but they keep doing stupid things that end up causing their masters’ demise. Over time they no longer have any master to serve, which causes them to collectively fall into a deep depression until one minion named Kevin devises a plan to go out and find the next villain to serve. He takes with him Stuart, an adventurous teenage rebel and Bob, an adorable little minion who has no clue what he’s in for. Their quest leads them to New York in 1968, where they end up being recruited by Scarlet Overkill, voiced by Sandra Bullock. She’s not only the very first female evil super villain, she is perhaps the most evil of all villains. Eventually, the stupidity of these three minions starts to cause her trouble in putting her evil schemes into practice. This is basically the entire plot of the movie. For the entire running time, you will listen to Geoffrey Rush narrate the film and watch these three minions get into trouble after trouble. The film is slapstick comedy at its most straight forward with very little story or character development. There’s definitely funny – albeit hilarious – moments, but the film is thin on almost every other aspect.
Sandra Bullock steals the show with her voice talent convincing us that she can be quite evil. Jonn Hamm added a lot of humour to the film. He delivered his lines with such a convincing enthusiasm that I couldn’t help but laugh with him. The comedic timing between the Bob, Kevin and Stuart stayed strong though out the film. It added a vibrant layer to the overall plot. It seemed as though they shared a mutual chemistry between them that was noticeable on screen. The Minions don’t speak in proper sentiences but they do convey a lot of body language so we can understand them.
Minions is a comedy purely in the form of slap stick humour. It is suitable for what it aims to do which is please families and kids of all ages. But I’ll be honest the kids in the theatre were having a better time then myself. They were laughing at all the jokes. I found it to fall flat at times. It would eventually pick it self up again. Perhaps it was the playful gibberish or the memorable one liners? Stuart the Minion “ Banana” and Kevin “Ahhh hhhhhh? Huh ? He he.” That kept it going for me for example. The music was also a lot of fun and matched the film well.
Overall, Minions will entertain its already built in audience but there is not much else to it. If you are looking for a fun family night out or if you enjoy comedies in general, I would recommend it. The plot is simple and to the point. Kids will enjoy this film the most.