Since the release of Despicable Me, the world seems to have gone minions mad. Toys, t-shirts and other minion memorabilia frequently furnish the shelves of high-street shops, yet I’ve never really been a fan.
I can understand the appeal of the yellow, pill-shaped creatures – especially for very young children – but I’ve always thought Steve Carell’s Gru to be the most amusing part of the Despicable Me films, and the minions nothing more of an annoying distraction.
The characters have proven so popular though, that they’ve earned their own solo outing, fittingly entitled Minions. A origin story of sorts, it details the evolution of the creatures since the beginning of time, where they’ve existed to serve the biggest and baddest villains.
If you’ve seen the film’s trailer, then you’ve basically seen the opening montage which sees them serving a T-Rex and Count Dracula, amongst others. After years of living in a cave with no master, one minion by the name of Kevin takes it upon himself to head out into the world and find a new supervillian to work for.
Joint by Stuart and Bob – an adorable, childlike minion – the three stumble across Villian-con, where they are taken on by the evil Scarlett Overkill, who is plotting to steal the Crown Jewels.
Whilst the prequel does sorely miss the brilliant anti-hero of the Despicable Me movies, Minions is still a lot of fun, providing you just embrace its absurdity. It’s so ludicrously silly from beginning to end that by the time you see a giant minion stomping through 1960’s London, you just completely accept the sheer ridiculousness of it.
If you’re already a fan of the weird little creatures, then you’ll feel like you’ve died and gone to minion heaven with this. The usual slapstick humour, as well as their strange and usually incomprehensible language – which sounds at times like a combination of Spanish and French – is here in abundance.
Whilst younger audiences are sure to love it, there’s still plenty to keep the older audience sweet too. Cleverly set during the late 1960’s, there’s references galore to the era, including a jukebox soundtrack that’ll undoubtedly put a smile on the face of any person of a certain age.
The film unfortunately loses its way in its final third and it could have easily done rid with one of its three climatic sequences in favour of a leaner narrative. Despite needing to be shorter by at least quarter of an hour though, Minions is still a very enjoyable family treat that may be dumb, but at they very least is dumb fun.
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