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article imageReview: ‘Minions’ not quite up to the task of leading the charge Special

By Sarah Gopaul     Jul 12, 2015 in Entertainment
The ‘Minions’ movie is the popular creatures’ first feature-length film and even though there’s room for improvement, it’s still a lot of fun.
When the story of a former villain turned unexpected foster father was released, it captured the hearts of audiences. Who could resist the sweet little girl and her fluffy unicorn, or the once evil man who can’t withstand the love of three intruders? But it wasn’t just the human characters that gained notice. At the same time everyone was introduced to this newly formed family, they fell in love with the Minions. Small, yellow, pill-shaped creatures who live only to serve their villainous boss. But where did they come from? The Minions movie answers that question and more.
The film begins with the evolution of the Minions, from tiny water pellets to land dwelling servants. Unfortunately their servitude is not always the best thing to happen to their chosen masters. With the passing of each leader, the Minions seek the next biggest bad to which they’ can dedicate themselves. After years of living without direction, one Minion decides it’s time they explore beyond their arctic catacombs. Kevin, accompanied by Bob and Stuart, sets out to find a new boss to reinvigorate his bored buddies. Luckily for them, there is a villain convention taking place that weekend. And there they find the perfect new master: Scarlett Overkill (voice of Sandra Bullock). The first female supervillain is a sensation and need of obedient henchmen. But the Minions’ first assignment doesn’t go as planned, triggering the ire of many people in spite of the ‘70s maxim of peace and love.
The Minion-craze was gradually picking up steam leading up to the standalone film’s release and fans of the cute little creatures will be delighted with their first dedicated feature. Kevin is the straight guy, Stuart is a bit of a hippie and Bob is the energetic, childlike member of their trio. However, carrying a full 90-minute movie is a bit of a stretch for characters who are usually seen in a supporting role. Unfortunately, they do not receive the backup that should be provided by Scarlett, who is actually a rather one-dimensional character. Her husband, Herb (voiced by Jon Hamm), on the other hand, is a far more appealing character who delivers more energy and amusement through his laidback ‘70s vibe and quirky inventions.
Nonetheless, the Minions deliver. Their adventure is everything one could hope for and will unquestionably elicit giggles throughout the picture. Whether the small yellow creatures are being adorable, goofy or naïve, they succeed in entertaining audiences. In addition, they’re more clearly shown to have distinct personalities. Where they are normally a single, unidentifiable unit, this film allows them to show their individuality. The ‘70s soundtrack keeps the story grounded in the era and maintains a lively atmosphere. But it’s even more amusing to hear the Minions sing some of the decade’s most popular songs, including The Monkees’ theme song and The Beatles’ “Revolution.”
The absence of Gru and company is felt in this film, but it’s made for Minion fans and they won’t be too disappointed. And in the tradition of the Despicable Me movies, be sure to stay until the last credit rolls.
Directors: Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm and Michael Keaton
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