My Rating: 6 out of 10
Minions is the movie the commercials promised it would be, a giant ad used to sell more minion merchandise. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The film doesn’t try to reach far beyond it’s target audience because it really doesn’t need to. Kids love the adorable yellow creatures and, honestly, a lot of adults do too.
This movie is the prequel to the extremely popular Despicable Me films and follows the journey of the minions as they try to find an evil master to serve, who won’t be killed by their incompetence. The majority of the plot takes place in the UK in 1968, where three minions (Kevin, Stuart, and Bob) attempt to serve under the world’d first female supervillian, Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock). Of course, things don’t go exactly as planned and hilarious antics follow.
Being a film focused solely on the bumbling, gibberish-speaking titular creatures, Minions lacks a lot of the emotional backing found in the Despicable Me movies. However, what it lacks in this department, the movie makes up for it in ridiculous non-stop comedy. While there is a decent amount of action mixed in with the humor, there is very little drama. This is a movie that wants to keep you laughing, not one that will make you leave the theatre thinking about the importance of family or any other larger themes.
Minions understands that its primary audience is kids and their parents. It focuses on pleasing that audience and does a great job of it. Kids won’t be able to get enough of the minions’ antics and parents will appreciate the setting as well as a handful of adult jokes placed throughout the film. Again, the focus is mainly on the laughs, which the movie delivers plenty of for all ages.
Shockingly, one of the only big issues I had with the movie was its laid back attitude towards death. Normally, in kid’s films, death is glossed over or treated with enough importance that kids understand the emotional significance of the moment. But in Minions, death is just another joke, which comes off feeling a little weird. Since the movie pretty much tries to minimize any sort of substantial dramatic conflict, it’s understandable that the creators went in this direction even if it is a bit off putting.
With that being said, one thing that I was pleasantly surprised by was the fact that the three main minions had such vibrant personalities despite speaking in their unintelligible mix of languages. The animators did a great job of using the actions of these fun little characters to keep the audience with the story every step of the way. I never felt lost about who was who or what was going on, which is something I was unsure of when I first stepped into the theatre.
Overall, definitely a great film that families with love. If you are the kind of person that enjoys watching kids films and likes to laugh, I recommend you give Minions a shot. If you have an open mind about the film, you’ll certainly come out of the experience with a smile on your face!