Rating: 2.5/5 Stars (Two and half stars)
Voice Over: Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan
Director: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda
What’s Good: These Yellow pill-shaped minions will keep you entertained with ‘aww’ moments. Parents be warned. Your kids are about to walk and talk like minions for a week after this watch!
What’s Bad: The cuteness of the Minions wears off over the course of the film. It is the plot that plays a bitch, leaving you unsatisfied.
Loo break: With a forced interval. The second half is a good time.
Watch or Not?: Frankly, if you have been. Despicable Me fan, this film will not impress you. Although for under 5 year olds, this could be a fun watch.
After Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, here is a prequel. Minions starts off with a narration by Geoffrey Rush. We are then introduced to these single cell organisms and their raison d’être. The Minions as we know are meant to serve the meanest and nastiest of despicable masters. That’s all that their job is. Through Rush’s narrations, we further learn about their history. Over the years, getting rid of all their masters including Napolean and Dracula, by 1968, they are left leaderless and isolated in a cave. Just when monotony and sense of losing their existence hits them, Kevin, one of them, rises to take the challenge of moving out to find themselves a master. He is accompanied by Bob and Stuart for this mission. Landing up in New York, it does not take them long to learn about Villain Con, just like Comic Con. The trio set out to find the meanest villain, Scarlet Overkill, who is known as the dreaded female villain. Gathering her attention, the trio impress Scarlet and are entrusted with a job by her. They are asked to steal the Crown of England’s Queen for Overkill.
Thus what follows is a journey of series of funny events as they steal the crown, run around the city being chased by baddies, Bob turns king and well, lots of chaos!
Minions Review: Script Analysis
Minions comes off as a brand strategy. After the popularity of the Despicable Me franchise, this is product they want to sell so bad that the story takes a backseat. Even before we learnt about this prequel, the Minion characters have been in the markets and have made a million bucks with their merchandise. It seems this popularity compelled the writers to force feed us a film that runs 90 minutes and pretty much has a nil impact. It lacks the wit of its precedors. Sure it will be a treat for kids but for adults, the lack of a water-tight plot is a issue. What works is surely the ticklish jokes both visual and verbal that keep one’s mood light for most of the movie. Characters of Bob, Stuart and Kevin are lovable but Scarlet Overkill look-wise comes off bouffant for a mean villain.
Minions Review: Star Performances
Sandra Bulldock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Geoffrey Rush provide the vocals for characters and they are bloody good. Rush’s narration is perfect to behold your attention.
Minions Review: Direction, Editing and Screenplay
Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin direct this animated drama. While the 3D experience of these cutesy Mc Donald toys is charming, I would have preferred if the makers had doubled the fun in a more sing and dance way. The gibberish talks of minions do incite a head-ache after a point and that is where the visual parts work. Dressing the yellow corn pops in denims is one of the smartest things they do. Visually the film is certainly worth a watch especially for the kiddos.
Minions Review: The Last Word
Minions is a fun 90 minute watch filled with silly humor. Definitely a weekend watch for kids!
Minions releases on 10th July, 2015.
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