Minions (2015)

Minions posterA review by CJ Dee

The minions from Despicable Me are back and this time we see them as we never have before — as single cell organisms! We are taken on a the evolutionary journey of everyone’s favourite yellow sidekicks from primordial to prehistoric to the groovy 60s.

In the decade of peace, love and revolution, the minions find their latest in a long line of evil masterminds — Scarlett Overkill (Bullock). They join Mrs Overkill and her inventor husband (Hamm) on their quest for dundunDUUUUUN … world domination.

Similar to the penguins in Madagascar, the minions from Despicable Me have taken on a life beyond their original comedy relief purpose. The banana loving little guys have grown from background characters in Despicable Me to holding their own throughout their own laugh-out-loud film.

The voice actors cast in their respective roles were brilliant. While most of the dialogue consists of a mish-mashed language performed by the film’s director, Pierre Coffin, the lines delivered by more conventional language characters are performed to perfectly match the intended personas.

Minions is a fun movie that requires very little in the way of concentration and doesn’t get preachy as many films aimed at younger audiences tend to do. If you loved the minions in their previous movies, Minions is sure to please.

‘This is Queen Elizabeth! And I really, really, really want her crown!’

I loved the homage to key cultural events — and suspected events — from the 1960s as well. My only criticism is that the three main minions all had boy names. I don’t think Minions passed the Bechdel Test either. Very close to a perfect family movie; missed it by that much. 

— Editor

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Director: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Jennifer Saunders, Steve Coogan
Other notable appearances: Steve Carrell, Geoffrey Rush
Running time: 91 minutes
Watch this if you liked: Despicable Me, Madagascar, Rio, Over the Hedge