Monday, 13 July 2015

Minions Review


Release Date: 18th June 2015 - Australia 

Production Companies
Universal Pictures
Illumination Entertainment 

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Animation/Family
Rating: G

Runtime: 91 minutes

Budget: $74,000,000

Box Office Gross: $1,159,398,397

Plot Summary
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
loveable 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, the world's first
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

Voice Cast
Pierre Coffin - Kevin/Stuart/
Bob/Various Minions
Sandra Bullock - Scarlet Overkill
Jon Hamm - Herb Overkill
Michael Keaton - Walter Nelson
Allison Janney - Madge Nelson
Steve Coogan - Professor Flux/
Tower Guard
Geoffrey Rush - Narrator
Jennifer Saunders - Queen Elizabeth II
Hiroyuki Sanada - Sumo Villain
Steve Carrell - Young Gru

Directors - Pierre Coffin and
Kyle Balda
Writer -  Bryan Lynch
Executive Producer - Chris Renaud
Producers - Janet Healy and
Christopher Meledandri
Character/Production Designer - Eric Guillon
Animation Directors - Bruno Dequier
and Pierre Leduc
Film Editor - Claire Dodgson
Music - Heitor Pereira

Just as you thought when DESPICABLE ME (click here) turned out to be a great and wild animated comedy when it first came out to the big screen and spawned only one sequel with the third now upcoming. The Minions were the very significant part of the films instant success as they were the supporting characters and provide nearly all of its slapstick material. To capitalise on their initial iconic status, the producers have made their decision to have these characters star in their very own movie which shows them of how they were employed as "minions" before fate took them to Gru. MINIONS as the film already named for its known aforementioned characters has the ability to generate laughs for everyone, but it's not quite what I had in mind for a prequel to be that slow in some of its parts that I deem unfitting. Maybe this film could have been better and more entertaining with some more humour instead? 

As much as I can't waste on one of its many factors like the voice acting for example, Sandra Bullock really shines her dark side as she voices the notorious femme foe Scarlet Overkill. The name of that villain as I felt it could have been written for a movie that isn't part of the DESPICABLE ME series and instead be used in James Bond. 

It's not so much despicable when this turns out to be a typical family-oriented animated feature that somehow falls into the lines of obscurity. I wasn't expecting the structure of the film to be in above fairness, but I simply enjoy watching these yellow-tablet shaped blokes again for the third time.

Star rating: (6/10) Fair Movie

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