Starring: Jon Hamm, Sandra Bullock, Michael Keaton
Director: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin
Running Time: 91 mins
Minions is an American film and the prequel to Despicable Me. From the dawn of time, the Minions have sought to serve the most evil master they could find, from the pharoahs of Ancient Egypt to legendary supervillain Scarlet Overkill, who aims to steal Queen Elizabeth II’s crown and take control of Britain herself, with the help of the little yellow things.
This is a very simple, easy-going and light-hearted kids’ comedy, but it’s got a hell of a loto of laughs. The Minions from the Despicable Me franchise have always been fun to watch, but the writers do an excellent job of turning them into protagonists that actually work in their own film.
If you haven’t seen any of the Despicable Me films, the Minions are basically little yellow blobs that talk gibberish and seek to serve villains as their masters, essentially the profile of secondary background characters.
However, the main three Minions in this film, Kevin, Bob and Stuart, work well as the main characters, because instead of just seeing them as some silly little blobs of yellow, you actually get to learn about their varying personalities and support as actual protagonists.
As a result, the story in this film is a lot more interesting and exciting to watch than you’d expect. Seeing as this is a very kid-friendly movie, the plot is incredibly simple and generic, but it is entertaining to see the Minions go through all of the madness of the story in their strange ways.
The main reason that this film is so much better than most kids’ movies this summer, however, is that it’s just so funny. Again, the humour is very simplified and easy-going for the young audience, but there are still so many brilliant laughs to be had throughout for all ages.
Whether it be the crazy antics of the Minions, the weird Spanish-Italian-French-Hebrew-English-Japanese-Greek-Gibberish language that they speak throughout, or the more subtle, intelligent comedy that appears from time to time and would go over kids’ heads, but do make a lot of fun for the adults.
Overall, I’ll give this a 7.7, because it’s simply a really funny and pleasantly easy-going kids’ comedy that is a lot of fun for all the family.