Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world.
Release Date: July 10, 2015
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The silly, but impossible to follow plot, centers on Scarlet's attempt to steal Queen Elizabeth's crown. The animation is handsome and effective particularly with it's affectionate views of London.Click here to read the full review
Worth my time, but not nearly as good as anyone in our group (ages 7-62) expected. Take your kids and have fun. But don't expect it to be another "Despicable Me". Interesting side note: The creators of this franchise include people from English, French, and Spanish cultures. If you listen carefully, you'll hear words and phrases from (at least) these three languages in the gibberish of the title characters.
Grade: B+ 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. Uplifting Theme: · 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. Funny lines: · “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!July 18th, 2015 · Details
“Minions” is a fun backstory for a popular group of sidekicks. It does a good job with what it has, but it won’t leave you asking for more.Click here to read the full review
Other than a light message about sacrificing for friends, this prequel to the Despicable Me films is little more than 90 minutes of goofy silliness designed to uncork a cluster of cackling kid convulsions. It's something like the modern equivalent of an old Three Stooges flick—only with cuter, more childlike protagonists.Click here to read the full review
“Minions” is a blast. It features a lot of pranks and skits, and the minions will, at times, have you splitting your sides. It is not a perfect movie, though. The Academy Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock plays the main villain (named Scarlet), and through no fault of her own, the evil Scarlet is really not funny, just mean, nasty and shrewd. In a scene near the end of the film, a young Gru (Steve Carell) steals the show when he interacts with the minions. Still, the film has enough cute chatter in the minions’ native and distinct language that it balances out the unfunny parts. In the scene with Gru, the minions make Gru’s mother look silly in a picture, adding funny features to her and, when Gru adds to the picture, his mother walks into the room. The minions all point to Gru as the lone culprit. It’s funny stuff. So, “Minions” has its moments.Click here to read the full review
Although children may be willing to overlook the tediousness of the repetitive scenes involving idiots unknowingly doing something that saves the day, their parents aren’t likely to miss the ever-increasing violence in each scenario. It might be humorous when the dinosaur meets his demise after the minions unintentionally knock him over a cliff, or when they misread a blueprint and drop a pyramid on an ambitious despot. But the chuckles get a bit thin when a family on vacation turns out to be bank robbers teaching their kids the tricks of the trade, or when a bedtime story ends with death threats. And it is really no laughing matter when the boys are locked in a dungeon and a masked man straps them to the rack and stings them up in a noose – even if it turns out their bodies are more flexible than we thought, or that they can slide out of the hangman’s rope without injury. I suspect as well that more than just British viewers will be offended with the depiction of the Queen as a sore loser who gets drunk at the pub.Click here to read the full review
Fillet it how you will, "Minions" (Universal) is a rare treat. This bright 3-D animated comedy traces the history of the yellow, capsule-shaped creatures whose endearing presence in the background contributed to the success of both 2010's "Despicable Me" and its rather unimaginatively titled 2013 sequel, "Despicable Me 2."Click here to read the full review
Theoretically, Minions will vie with Inside Out for the same audience (both, after all, are animated), but the reality may be different. Nuanced and magical, the latter film has a broad enough appeal to enchant viewers of all ages. Inconsistent and undisciplined, Minions is more an adjunct to marketing than a legitimate motion picture. Adults without kids may be momentarily diverted, but no more. Parents will get more pleasure out of their children's reactions than from the film itself.Click here to read the full review
Individual moments are charming and funny, and baby boomers will appreciate the 60’s references and soundtrack, which should do for “Hair,” Hendrix, and Donovan what “Guardians of the Galaxy” did for 70’s rock. But a bedtime story about the three little pigs only reminds us more pointedly of how much better the “three little kittens” bedtime story was in the first film.Click here to read the full review
It's always fun to watch the minions shake their sillies out. But occupying the star spot instead of the chorus is a burden these fabulous freaks can’t quite shoulder.Click here to read the full review
Scarlet Overkill is no Felonious Gru. The boys are irresistible, movie not so much.Click here to read the full review
Parents need to know that Minions is the highly anticipated prequel to the Despicable Me franchise, focusing on Gru's beloved yellow sidekicks. Although no children are in peril in this installment of the franchise, there are several scenes of cartoon violence that are played lightly/for laughs (explosions, freeze guns, torture devices). The actual "body count" is low and mostly involves the Minions' non-human/bad guy (a T-rex, a yeti, etc.) bosses. The Minions speak a made-up language, but there are a couple uses of insults like "idiot" or "screwed up." And there are some glimpses of basically bare Minion bottom, as well as some other mildly suggestive scenes (implied nakedness after losing a swimsuit, bottom squeezing, a couple embracing, hypnotized guards stripping down to their boxers and dancing/slapping each other on the rear, etc.). One male character dresses as a woman, and at one point the Minions pile on top of each other to disguise themselves as a woman (earning a chest ogle in the process). Like the other Despicable Me movies, the story explores why villains appeal to the Minions -- and how loyal they are to one another and to their masters.Click here to read the full review
VILLAIN CON — People have been buzzing about the “Minions” movie ever since it was announced. Everyone’s favorite little yellow creatures now have their own movie, but the question is are the minions worth watching?
I’ve been playing with this notion for a while now and I’ve finally come to a conclusion: not really.
Wait, is that a conclusion?
How about this — I’ll break my review up into two parts. The first will be adult John’s take on “Minions” and the second part will be child John’s opinion.
Here we go.
Adult John’s “Minions” review
The first and second “Despicable Me” were really clever, smart and fun movies. Screenwriters Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio managed to write a really good movie that just happened to be animated. “Minions” didn’t quite hit that level.
Paul and Daurio didn’t pen “Minions,” those duties were passed onto Brian Lynch. Don’t get me wrong, Lynch put together some really funny moments and had his work cut out for him considering he had to make us laugh and follow a story with a bunch of characters who don’t even speak a real language.
With all of that said, however, “Minions” was missing that clever and unexpected flavor we got from the “Despicable Me” films.
I once had an opportunity to interview Cinco Paul and I specifically asked him how he and Daurio managed to get so many great jokes in that appealed to kids and parents. His simple answer was that he and Daurio didn’t try to write some jokes for kids and some for adults, but rather they just wrote what they thought was funny and it worked.
I don’t know Lynch’s method when he writes, but the film felt like an hour and a half of childish pratfalls and potty jokes. Yes, they made me laugh at times, but the magic that engaged me for “Despicable Me” seemed to be missing.
Little kid John’s “Minions” review
I laughed and laughed and wanted more “Minions.”
I attended the film with my 4-year-old daughter and she was an amazing barometer. If I ever wanted to roll my eyes at a joke or scoff at a sight gag, I heard my little girl laughing hysterically and remembered, “This isn’t really for me.”
If I were a little one, I would have eaten up every moment of that movie waiting to see what other shenanigans these minions were going to get themselves into.
If I were 6 again, I’d be begging my dad to find out when we were headed back to the theater to watch the adventures of Bob, Stuart and Kevin.
Overall “Minions” isn’t bad but it’s not all that great. It reminded me of “Cars 2” in a way. In the first “Cars” we all laughed at Mater and his funny lines and silly sense of humor. Then “Cars 2” came a long and it quickly became apparent that a little Mater goes a long ways.
The minions are great side characters with their funny language and extreme desire to get their hands on a banana, but an hour and a half focused just on them can wear a little thin.
So, as an adult, if your headed to the theater, sit next to your little ones and remember, “This is for them.” You’ll have a much better time at the movies.July 13th, 2015 · Details