- RatedPG /GenreAnimation, Comedy, Family
They might have taken a backseat to Gru and the orphan girls for the first two ‘Despicable Me’ movies, but the minions have always been the yellow, pill-shaped face of the franchise.
Having won the audience’s hearts as the humorous and adorable scene-stealers, the little henchmen finally become the stars of their own spin-off-cum-prequel.
And while this is not their most memorable outing on the big screen, it is testament that they are capable of carrying an entire feature-length film on their tiny shoulders.
The movie opens at the very beginning, when the first minions popped out of the sea and transitioned to land in nothing but single leaves for loincloths.
The sole reason for their existence is to serve an evil “boss”, which is pitiful because the minions consistently fail to do so for millions of years.
The minions | Photo: UIP
The absence of a master sends the entire species into depression, prompting the comparatively tall minion, Kevin, to journey across the world in search of a new “boss”.
He takes the nonchalant but musical Stuart and the enthusiastic but babyish Bob along with him, and the trio find themselves in the service of celebrity villain Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock) in England in the 1960s.
As always, the minions are effortlessly lovable under the direction of Pierre Coffin, who also voices every one of his yellow inventions. Coffin also shares the director’s chair with Kyle Balda.
One never tires of the minions’ petite build and big eyes (or eye), and they continue to win over the audience through their irresistibly adorable design.
The plot is nothing to rave about, and the human characters are forgettable, but the minions suffice as the sole comedic engine that drives the movie.
Even their well-crafted hybrid-gibberish language proves capable of carrying a significant portion of the film’s dialogue, and is always somewhat understandable at the very least.
TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING
The minions with Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock) | Photo: UIP
Giving the minions their own uninterrupted time for 90 minutes was a risky move.
While they have thrived in their appearances in the ‘Despicable Me’ series, the overall impact of their humour is somewhat reduced when we get them in this huge dose.
‘Minions’ could have easily gone wrong in someone else’s hands, but the film manages to hold together for its entirety because Coffin knows how and why his minions are entertaining, and he stays faithful to that throughout the show.
The movie never tries to take itself seriously and it consistently gives the audience exactly what they want out of their favourite henchmen.
'Minions' open 18 June 2015