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Minions (2015) Reviewed By Jay

United States, 04 April 2014


Jay´s Review

It didn't take many focus groups to figure out that the Minions were the most appealing thing in the "Despicable Me" franchise, so now they star in their own movie! 

We begin in a primordial setting with the evolution of the species and quickly learn that the creatures who become minions need, above all, a BOSS! The next bit shows their unending quest to find one. In 1968 (enjoy the fashions and cultural bits), three of them courageously set out to explore the world and find true meaning in their lives (plus, of course, a boss).

Voiced by:

  • * Pierre Coffin ("Despicable Me") gives us Kevin, Stuart and Bob, our three intrepid heroes.
  • * Sandra Bullock ("Gravity") Scarlet Overkill is sorta the Cruella de Ville of this one. She recruits our three adoring heroes for her own nefarious purpose: She wants the crown that belongs to the Queen of England. Boo.... Hiss.....
  • * Jon Hamm ("Million-Dollar Arm") is her doting husband...who also mans her torture chamber. 
  • * Michael Keaton ("Birdman") Enthusiastic Walter Nelson is taking his family to the Villain Con, Orlando's answer to San Diego's Comic Con.
  • * Allison Janney ("Spy") Madge, Walter's wife, is his supportive helpmate who also assists in the family business (wait'll you see...)
  • * Jennifer Saunders ("Absolutely Fabulous") is The Queen (who might be mistaken for another queen we all know and love).

This PG-rated animated comedy, co-directed by Kyle Balda ("Monsters, Inc.") and Pierre Coffin ("Despicable Me"), is based on a screenplay by Brian Lynch ("Puss in Boots"). It offers kid-friendly activities, like sliding down banisters and jumping on the bed, but also has some fairly intense chase scenes complete with gunfire and lots of blowie uppie stuff.

Be ready for a few fart jokes (this is as racy as a PG-rated movie can get), some characters in jeopardy, and lots of silly fun. This is another animated feature that includes generous helpings of scenery and situations adults will recognize (e.g., the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House, still under construction in 1968, and Ayers Rock) with a script which often works on two levels. Our screening audience clearly enjoyed it. Me too....

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