Monday, July 27, 2015

Minions - Review

Created since the dawn of time, the Minions have always been looking for a "big boss" that they can serve under and remain perfectly alive for a long while. Three of these chaps (brainy Kevin, daft Stuart, and childish Bob) venture forth from their clan's self-exile to seek out a new evil leader. They eventually come across the new hotness of the villain world: the devilish Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock). I have not been a huge fan of the DESPICABLE ME franchise in general but I do thoroughly enjoy the goofy antics of the little yellow devils, random babbling musical sequences aside. So it comes to no surprise that MINIONS ends up being the best film of the franchise so far. Though the first half of the film has been ruinously spoiled by Universal and Illumination's massive marketing campaign, including the slightly overhyped "Minions in Time" prologue, there are some new scenes that are just fantastic including one humorous moment that in a way throws mud straight at Disney. As for the remaining half, it is full of great gags, delightful dialogue, and (sadly) some more singing. The film of course has to conclude itself by quickly tying into the other films and explaining how Gru came into the sight of the short underlings but not before a climatic final battle that had me grinning from ear to ear. As for the acting, though Bullock proved her inclusion thanks to her fun and feisty supporting performance, the rest of the celebrities given voiceover roles are utterly wasted and honestly have no reason to be attached to the project. Though I am once again dismayed at the unessential talent behind the mic, MINIONS is still a fine animated film to partake and laugh along with.


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