In a Nutshell: Adorable. Silly. Colorful. Like eating pure sugar. Imaginative prequel to the beloved Despicable Me movie franchise. The plot isn’t deep, but their crazy antics will still make you smile.
· Don’t mess with a minion’s teddy bear?
· Working together, you can accomplish your goal.
Things I liked:
· I love the minions’ cute jibberish language. Adorable. I noticed that they include quite a bit of Spanish bits, such as “Si”, “Gracias” and “Que paso?” (What happened?)
· There are a lot of fun pop icon moments, like the Campbell Soup Can art by Andy Warhol. I got to see the original one a year ago at a conference!
· I liked Scarlett’s husband’s play on words. For example, he called Stuart: “Stu-ART”, “Stewperman”, and “Beef Stu”.
· It was so fun watching Kevin, Stuart, and Bo go to London, so that I can share my vacation photos with you. I was just there last week!
Even the famous Tower of London guards known as “Beefeaters” are featured for a moment. When I visited there last week, I learned that "Beefeaters" actually have many years of military experience before they can even apply for the job. They live on site and exhibit such pride for their job.
· Great music from the 60’s and 70’s.
· I loved the new Buckingham Palace guards with the yellow Minion hats. Yep, I just saw the real changing of the guards there last week too! I got this close to them during the ceremony...
· There is a scene that shows the House of Commons in Parliament. I saw that too! The chairs really are green! The House of Lords is so much more beautiful and fancy. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take photos on the tour.
· Cute Abbey Road Beatles moment. Did you catch it?
· Funny faked landing on the moon conspiracy theory moment. Did you see it?
· The minions visit Westminster Cathedral too.
· After spending days on the London Tube, I got a kick out of the “Mind the Gap” voice on the train. The location scouts for the movie did a great job of including authentic images for the London scenes. What a great excuse to share some of my vacation moments with you!
· Keep watching while the credits roll at the end of the movie.
- Terrific voice talents include the lovely Sandra Bullock, the handsome Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, and a bunch of unnamed yellow blobs.
- The movie begins with an evolution back story of the minions. I loved their different clothes changes as the decades passed. Yeah, I wore jean overalls in the '60s and 70's too.
- Did you notice that Bob has one green eye and one brown eye?
Things I didn’t like:
· Scarlett asks “Doesn’t it feel so good to be bad?” Um, I’m not sure I want my kids repeating that message.
· It doesn’t have the heart of Despicable Me, although it does explain how the minions found their ultimate villain. No tissues required.
· It’s more fun to see in 3D.
· Uneven pacing.
- Despicable Me is more magical, but these cute little guys deserved their own fun flick.
· “Who are you, my knights in shining…denim?” – Scarlett
· “Steal me the crown and all your dreams come true: respect, power, banana!” – Scarlett
· SPOILER ALERT: “Bob, who appears to be a bald, jaundiced child, has pulled the famed sword right from its sword and has become the new king.” – TV reporter
Tips for Parents:
· Some characters take off their shirts and do suggestive dancing. You also see another character’s buns. Come on now….that’s just not necessary in a kids’ movie.
· Parents will be amused by references to pop culture that most kids won’t catch.
- Unlike a lot of kids' movies, this one doesn't have a ton of bodily functions, although Bob farts once.
What? You haven't seen the Despicable movies? Hurry and catch up! They're AWESOME!