Kyle J. Steenblik

Minions is Unexpectedly Witty, Hlarious and Pointless

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3 1/2 stars out of 5Minions
Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda
minions-poster-1Written by:Brian Lynch
Starring: Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan
Narrated by: Geoffrey Rush
Running time: 91 minutes
Rated PG for action and rude humor

The gibberish of Minionese is not a detriment to this film, it is an asset wielded with clever historical and pop-culture references to give the film an anti-comedy undertone with ridiculous comedic overtones.  In other words I enjoyed it about as much as my 7 year old son did, although most of the time we were laughing at different punch lines, but we did both get a laugh out of the well timed physical humor (such that it is for an animated feature).  Minions is an unusual film that I did not expect to work, I anticipated a film aiming at the lowest common denominator that children with little comedic sophistication would love, and parents would despise and grow to loathe.  What I got was a film that, while I would not elect to see it myself, I would not mind my children watching a few times.  It is one of the most unusual children’s films I have ever seen; it could even be more entertaining for the parents than the children.  If nothing else, it will do wonders for the sale of bananas.

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.  After accidentally killing off so many of them—from T-Rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without a master 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 an adventure 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.

Featuring a soundtrack of hit music from the ’60s that still permeates our culture today, Minions is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and is directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda.  Brian Lynch has written the screenplay for the 3D-CG comedy adventure, and Chris Renaud serves as executive producer of the film.  – Courtesy Illumination Entertainment

Minions is best described as ridiculously absurd to the point of baffling hilarity.  There were moments I questioned what I was watching while simultaneously questioning why it was funny.  While my son did not laugh at the fifty-year-old cultural references, the music, or the obscure historical references, I did, and while I may not have laughed at the gibberish, well played but tired slapstick, my son did.  In the end, we both agreed it was enjoyable, and someday we might agree about why.  If you have already seen the far superior Inside Out, and cannot bear the emotional strain of seeing it again, and your children desperately want to go see a movie, this might be your ticket.

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