Skip to main content

Incredibles 2 All-New Teaser Trailer, Poster & Image

Movie Review: #Minions

The pretty prequel loses steam after a hilarious opening, but the kids will love it.

Review by Matt Cummings

There's no denying the power of Illumination Entertainment's Despicable Me franchise as one of the most beloved by kids. Released in 2010, it gained a tremendous and nearly instant following, not because of Gru (voiced by Steve Carrell), but because of the Minions. Those yellow buffoons who utter incomprehensible words while doing insanely stupid things has led us to this point: their own standalone movie. As a movie, Minions is perhaps one of the most beautiful and realistic animated movies ever made, but you'll soon want to remove the batteries powering these idiots, as their shtick can't power an entire movie.

Revealing that the yellow rubber dudes are actually immortal, we follow their adventures as they try desperately to serve one madman after another, beginning with a T-Rex, then a caveman, and eventually Napoleon, all of whom they accidentally kill or depose, before deciding to strike out on their own. Unfortunately, Minions are followers not leaders and eventually their culture begins to collapse. Faced with the destruction of their people, Kevin, Stuart, and Bob (all voiced by Directors Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda) journey to 1968 New York to discover a new master to serve. There, they learn about the temptress Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), who wants them to steal Queen Elizabeth's crown to prove their loyalty. As word reaches the rest of the Minions, Overkill's ulterior motive is revealed, pitting the trio against her in a battle for England itself.

Minions isn't an awful movie, but it's not enduing either. It is one of the most beautiful and realistic animated films ever made: from chips in brickwork to the sheen of Overkill's hair and fur on a local sewer rat, you'd swear some of these scenes were recreated from real life. And with only a $75 million budget, it certainly makes the most of it. But it never elevates the Minions themselves, reducing them instead to seriously dumb super-villain slaves instead of some kind of cool, connected culture that actually achieved something prior to serving Gru.

Writer Brian Lynch never expands their story, content to throw this one into the time period without allowing us to revel in it. The singing of classic Monkeys and Beatles songs becomes too much after awhile, because the Minions are indiscernible as they perform what become 4-minute videos. Moreover, there's zero flavor behind their 1960's besides hippies and a few squares. We never gain an appreciation for the Minions as stewards of history, nor do they come across as anything more than bumbling fools.

Bullock is pretty entertaining as Overkill, but her husband Herb (John Hamm) never makes his presence known. Neither does Michael Keaton, the father to a criminal family that the Minions meet on their way to Villain-Con. Allison Janey fares slightly better as the mother, and the entire reveal is carried off pretty well as Kevin, Stuart, and Bob learn that this squarish-looking family has more up their sleeves.

Minions is not only the best-looking animated film of the year, it could make a case for best all-time. It's too bad the meandering second act and indiscernible language of the Minions leads to a tedious finale that nearly ruins the film. None of that will matter to the kids who will most likely eat the bumbling, farting, and general stupidity of the Minions right up. That's who this film is geared towards, and the resulting flood of box office and merchandising cash should cement a strong opening But I still don't like it.

Minions is rated PG and has a runtime of 91 minutes.

Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.


Popular posts from this blog

Morbius: The Living Vampire Film In The Works

The Spider spin-offs keep on coming! With Venom now shooting, an even more obscure character from the web-slinger's extensive comicbook past has now been unearthed, with plans for a movie. Power Rangers writing duo Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless are in talks to craft the script for Morbius: The Living Vampire.

Sony is pushing ahead with another potential Spider-movie, which, like Venom, is unlikely to be linked to the MCU. What it will boast, however, is the story of Michael Morbius, a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist who tries to cure a rare blood disease using an experimental treatment that combines electroshock therapy and vampire bats. The results are predictably catastrophic, and he's transformed into... well, the title should be a clue. He has some of the traditional vampiric qualities – he ingests blood to live, and conversely is not fond of bright light. He can fly, has superhuman strength and healing capabilities. When he bites victims and drinks their blood, his attac…

Enter For A Chance To Win A Family Four Pack To See COCO In Minnesota

© 2017 Disney/Pixar Enter for your chance to win a family four pack to see COCO in Minnesota on November 15th at 7:30PM.

In Disney•Pixar’s “Coco,” aspiring musician Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) teams up with charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal) on an extraordinary journey through the Land of the Dead.

In theatres November 22!


Facebook: /PixarCoco
Twitter: @pixarcoco
Hashtag: #PixarCoco

While supplies last. Once all allotted passes are redeemed, the code will no longer be valid. Supplies are limited.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Limit one (1) admit-two pass per person. This film is rated PG. Must be 13 years of age or older to win passes. Employees of all promotional partners and their agencies are not eligible. Void where prohibited. Entries must be received by [12:00PM], [11-19-2017] to be eligible to receive pass. Winners will be contacted via e-mail to receive their pass. Sponsors not responsible for…

Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See DARKEST HOUR In Dallas

Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See DARKEST HOUR on December 5th at 7:00 PM in Dallas

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). While maneuvering around his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. Directed by Joe Wright, DARKEST HOUR is the dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940 during which Churchill’s courage to lead changed the course of world history.