Today’s Movie Monday is on the animated movie, Minions. I am a big fan of the Despicable Me movies, and think that the minions are definitely one of the best parts. When I saw that the minions were getting their own movie, I thought to myself this could either be really great or not a good idea at all. Usually the more sequels and spinoffs you get from really good movies, the more it feels like they’re just beating a dead horse and trying to make more money. Sometimes they just don’t know when to just leave it alone. Which is why I’m a little bit leery about the upcoming Frozen sequel. Really great movies should just be left as is. Take Cinderella, Little Mermaid, etc.; years later they ended up making straight-to-video sequels and they were actually really bad. But again, it all comes down to money over quality. Anyway, last weekend my uncle, cousin and I were trying to come up with something to do and thought of seeing a movie. Originally we wanted to see Spy, but it’s already out of theaters around here. The next movie that fit into our time frame was Minions, so that’s what we went to see.
*Usually when a movie is still in theaters, I avoid spoilers, but it’s an animated movie and the spoilers aren’t earth shattering. In any case, if you don’t want to know how it ends, skip down to the My Overall Opinion section.*
About the Movie
Minions, is the prequel to Despicable Me, and is the origin story of Gru’s adorable yellow minions. The movie explains that minions have been around since the dawn of time and have always latched on to the most powerful beings. They’re the original remoras, if you will. As species have evolved over the years, the minions were right there seeking out the biggest, most evil creatures to follow around and assist with performing their evil duties. Unfortunately for the minions they aren’t very good at being bad, and tend to get themselves into more trouble than anything else. After a mishap during the Revolutionary War, the minions retreat to Antarctica and build themselves a nice little home. After a couple hundred years, they are bored and decide to set out once again to find a Master. Kevin steps up to go on the mission, and hesitantly brings along Stuart and Bob. They arrive to 1960s New York City and immediately get themselves into trouble by destroying a mall, but then see an ad for “Villain-Con” and set out for good-ole Orlando, Florida. When they arrive at Villain Con, they discover that Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock) is the biggest, baddest villain in the world, and is conveniently looking for a new minion of her own.
|© 2015 – Universal Pictures
After winning the attention, and affection, of Scarlet they move to London, England to live with her and her husband, Herb (voiced by Jon Hamm). She tasks them with stealing the royal crown for her. In the process of doing so, Bob inadvertently is able to pull the sword from the stone, and is then dubbed King of England. This angers Scarlet, so she locks them up and attempts to have Herb torture them, which actually just turns into hilarious fun. They end up escaping and learn that Scarlet is planning on taking over/destroying the world. So the minions decide to be the hero and save the world instead of being the sidekick. In the end they do save the day, of course, and the Queen knights them all. They even meet their future master, Gru, for like a millisecond, during their ceremony.
My Overall Opinion
I thought this movie was very cute. I was wondering how exactly it would work since the minions speak in this weird babble-type language called “Minionese.” It’s actually kind of adorable; it’s a mix of a bunch of different languages including French and Spanish. But including characters like Scarlet Overkill and Herb, who both spoke English, made the movie easier and less boring to watch. The way they ended the movie seemed a little bit like the easy way out though, and it just happened so quickly and then it was over. But like I said it was cute. It’s an animated movie so it’s just fun to watch and a nice way to escape reality for a little while. My favorite character was definitely Stuart. He’s kind of like the Boo (from Monsters Inc.) of the movie. He’s cute and innocent and needs to be taken care of, but he holds his own as well and is an integral part of the storyline.
I liked this movie; I would and probably will, watch it again when it comes out on DVD. Do I think that they needed a full movie? Eh, probably not. They most likely could have gotten the same effect from a short. They actually have made several shorts featuring the minions and those are all really good.
This trailer literally condenses the entire movie into two and a half minutes perfectly and shows all the funny parts. If you don’t want to see the whole movie, just watch this trailer and you’ll basically get it. P.S. if you don’t believe in evolution, or dinosaurs, you probably won’t like the beginning of the movie.
That’s all for this one. Thank you so much for reading!
Until Next Time,
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