Howdy ladies and gents, time for another film review and today I’ll be talking about Minions. Now I’ve never been overly fond of the Minions, but I’ve appreciated them in a stupid kind of way like the Rayman Raving Rabbids (before they became over-saturated). So when I heard they’d be getting their own spin-off film not too long after the release of Despicable Me 2, I was disappointed and sceptical, however I wanted to give the film a chance. And while the trailers were good, after the reviews came out I decided to give it a miss, though after some time and curiosity I gave it a watch today to see what is like.
The story can be described as the following:
“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.”
The story in this film was serviceable and had moments of adventure, chaos and humour, but overall it was not nearly as captivating as the Minions’ adventures with Gru. The main problem with the film is the Minions and how they are the main focus, the cool thing about the Despicable Me films was that Gru was the focus and the Minions was there for support, but without a story and characters as interesting as those pervious films, the events of this film come across as less engaging and fun. That is unless you’re just in love with the Minions, then you should be fine. As for the humour it was a mixed bag. There were individual moments where the humour was great or completely random as hell. There’s three moments in particular involving a robbery, a sword and watching TV which were pretty funny, but beyond that there wasn’t much else to love. Most of the humour was hit and miss, clearly aimed at children and had the most generic of slapstick elements incorporated.
The cast was good though. Pierre Coffin did such a great job as Kevin, Stuart, Bob and the Minions, but what I really appreciated about this film was how it gave the three main Minions specific personality traits. Sandra Bullock’s voice work as Scarlet Overkill was awesome, Scarlet as the supervillain wasn’t as interesting, at first she was fun, but got really petty and annoying towards the latter half of the film. Jon Hamm was as Herb Overkill, this guy was so relaxed and weird but in a good way and it really helped with Hamm’s delivery of some of his lines. I also loved Michael Keaton and Allison Janney as Walter and Madge Nelson, they were so charismatic and fun. And Geoffrey Rush was great as the narrator too. Everyone else like Steve Coogan as Professor Flux and Jennifer Saunders as Queen Elizabeth II were fine but not nearly as memorable.
In conclusion Minions was alright but a wasted opportunity for sure. Having a film primarily focused on these weird little characters is all and well for hardcore fans and young children, but the story was a little lame and messy and in my mind there was nothing to balance out the madness of the Minions like the Despicable Me films.
So did you see Minions and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀