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QUICK REVIEW: Minions

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Rating: 5/10

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! đŸ˜€

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman Review

Hello there ladies and gents, it is now time for me to review another kids film in the form of Mr. Peabody & Sherman. I didn’t think too much of this film back in December, but upon checking the trailers again in January I thought I’d give it a watch. So I watched it earlier on today surrounded back parents and their loud children. Was it a good watch or not? Read on and find out!

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The film features Mr. Peabody, a talking dog who is the smartest being in the world, and his adopted boy Sherman. On his first day of school, Sherman comes into conflict with another classmate, Penny Peterson. The adoption agency informs Peabody that they will reclaim Sherman if any more incidents occur. To complicate this issue, after Peabody invites the Petersons over to break the ice, Sherman’s misuse of their time traveling WABAC machine to impress her results in disastrous and comical results, it is up to them to put things on track before the space-time continuum is irreparably destroyed

The story was clever, fun and conventional for a kids CGI animated film, though there are a few issues which bothered me. The main things this film has going for it is Mr. Peabody and Sherman’s chemistry, the great sense of adventure and a good use of history and film references thanks to the time travel element. I love films that involve time travel and there are plenty of sci-fi jargon and crazy consequences that make it fun for fans of this kind of thing in the sci-fi genre. Also the humour for the most part works too and the emotional undertone that all kids films have is good too. However my only issue is that for all the cleverness used, for some of the more problematic situations the isn’t any basic logic applied. Some of the ‘situations’ that arise for Peabody and Sherman are not resolved in the right manner and there is also a lack of the word ‘sorry’ which should have really applied in some of these scenarios.

mr-peabody-sherman02As for the cast they were all pretty good. Ty Burrell did an amazing job voicing Mr. Peabody. As a character Peabody is simply amazing, he’s insanely clever to an absurd degree and because of it he is very calm, rational and confident, though he does have trouble with letting his son grow up and is very protective of him. Max Charles was good as Sherman offering us a lively and sweet if somewhat easily influenced child. He’s very innocent and funny because of his chemistry with Peabody. Ariel Winter is also good as Penny Peterson, as a character she’s a bitch at first. She’s the classmate you’d not want to have if you were a nerd and she’s horrible to Sherman at first, but she eventually becomes a nice enough person. Stephen Colbert and Leeslie Mann as Paul and Patty Peterson were pretty nice and funny additions to the cast. And if you thought Penny was a bitch then wait til you meet Mrs. Grunion voiced by Allison Janney. She’s this cruel, opinionated and disgusting school counselor who is on Peabody’s case for a reason I can’t discuss because it is pivotal to the plot.

The presentation was fine which some pretty good-looking CGI, not Dreamworks’ best material, but it was still very nice, smooth and rich in detail during the chaotic action set pieces. As for the score which was done by the brilliant Danny Elfman was surprisingly tame and not very Elfman-esque or as entertaining as his usual material is.

mr-peabody-sherman05In conclusion Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a fun which I liked it more than I thought I would. The time travel aspect of the film is handled well enough for it to make sense and contains loads of colourful takes on famous people from history and with a great central performance from Ty Burrell and Max Charles as Peabody and Sherman, it is bound to please families looking for a good time for their kids. It doesn’t break new ground, but it works for what it is.

Rating: 7/10 (Crazy time travelling fun with the best dog ever)

So have you seen or are going to see Mr. Peabody & Sherman? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. đŸ™‚

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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