Minions is a Hilarious and Entertaining Journey
Directed by: Coffin and Kyle Balda
Produced by: Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy
Screenplay by: Brian Lynch
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Allison Janney, Chris Renaud, Geoffrey Rush,Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Pierre Coffin, Steve Carell
“Banana! Boss! Ope Bob! Ope Bob! Ope Bob!” – Minionese
Minions, the movie, combines hilarious slapstick humor with heartwarming, feel good story to give you a loveable adventure.
I held a sense of reservation as I entered the theater. I wasn’t sure whether a group of evil sidekicks, that spoke a mixed lingo, could carry a feature film. I went in attempting to temper my expectations. As the film began, I couldn’t help but feel like this was a montage of YouTube short films interwoven into a single story. The story began slowly and, for a time, I wasn’t sure whether I would make it. However, my reservations quickly subsided once the main characters were introduced.
“The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters-from T. rex to Napoleon-the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he-alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob-ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind…from annihilation.” – Universal Pictures
If you enjoy sixties nostalgia, there are plenty of references. My personal favorite was the visit to Abbey Road. Additionally the soundtrack features hit music from the sixties, bands like The Doors, to Jimmy Hendrix and The Beatles. There’s a torture chamber, a reference to the Sword in the Stone, Napolean, the Queen of England and plenty of bananas. I took my nine year old son, who laughed nearly the entire movie. If I missed anything, he was sure to nudge me and point it out.
Geoffrey Rush delivers a wonderful narration, Sandra Bullock is witty as Scarlet Overkill and Steve Carrell returns as a very young Gru. I thoroughly enjoyed the film and laughed most of the way through. It blends adult themes and kid friendly humor aimed to entertain children of all ages.
Minions is sure to provide a hilarious and entertaining experience for the whole family. To answer the question whether sidekicks can take center stage, yes, they most definitely can.