Friday, July 10, 2015

Minions Movie Review! Life Before Gru!

Minions Movie is Out in Theatres Everywhere July 10, 2015!
When reviewing kids' movies, the single most important factor to me is whether the kids enjoy it (or not). So, I will begin by stating that all 5 of my children (ages 5- to 10-years old) enjoyed watching the advance screening of the Minions movie (which includes 4 sons, and 1 daughter). To quote my almost 9-year old daughter: "Minions was amazingly amazing!" Get your dictionary ready: throughout the entire Minions movie, Minionese is widely spoken!

Minions Synopsis:
The premise of Universal Pictures'/Illumination Entertainment's animated Minions movie, is that throughout time, Minions (comical, small, yellow, pill-shaped creatures) have been searching for the most wicked master to serve.  Minions tracks their search for such a nefarious boss over the ages--from the primordial soup, to the 1960s hippy era.  However, it seems whichever master the Minions choose to serve, that said master meets an untimely demise.

Without such a master in place, the Minions grow depressed, and Minions Kevin, Stuart and Bob go on a quest to find the evilest boss of all.  As such, they head to Orlando, Florida for a villain convention.  There, they meet baddest of the bad boss Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock), and try to convince her to let them become her henchmen.   

Having passed her "henchmen test", it is then that Scarlet Overkill convinces Kevin, Stuart and Bob to steal the Queen of England's royal crown--or risk death!  The loyal Minions so badly want to be ruled by wicked boss Scarlet Overkill, that they agree to her "despicable" plan.  I will stop here to not give away the entire story, but allow me to let this slip: there is a riotous scene in Minions from the musical Hair, so do watch for it!

VIDEO: Watch a movie trailer for Minions, below!

Based on my own reaction and the audience's reaction at the theatre, I would say that the overall reception to Minions was only lukewarm.  I found that the film introduction about "Minions through the ages" was too long, and just not funny.  I was waiting for moments where I could enjoy a hearty laugh with my kids, but these moments rarely arrived.  Many of the movie's jokes and sight gags I just found not funny.  The theatre was mostly devoid of laughter--almost completely from the adults, and few laughs from the kids.  But allow me to reiterate: my kids walked out of the theatre and thoroughly enjoyed Minions.

I did enjoy that Minions had many nods to the parents and grandparents in the audience, with familiar musical choices well-known to our generation.  This did help to hold my interest, at times where it was wavering.

In honesty, I thought that the storyline for Minions was weak.  I missed Gru (Steve Carell), who had appeared in the Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 prequels.  (Read my review of Despicable Me 2 here.) His voice acting and spirit was definitely missed, as was the strong storyline and tender connections we had made with the characters in the Despicable films.  It is also hard not to compare Minions to the prequels, which are much-loved by my children and often rewatched.  I'm also sorry to say it, but I did not enjoy Sandra Bullock as Scarlet Overkill.  Though, the script was not strong, and therein could lie the problem.

Are the Minions strong enough to star in their own movie, or were they best left to supporting roles in the Despicable movies?  My opinion is that the Minions got the best laugh as sidekicks in the prequels, but my kids--the audience for whom the movie was intended--enjoyed it.  Take the kids to see Minions this summer, and they will enjoy it.  They will thank you, and the film should perform great at the box office.  Look for Despicable Me 3 in theatres in 2017; I know that my family won't miss it!    

Watch Minions in theatres everywhere starting today, Friday July 10th, 2015!

Are you planning on seeing the Minions movie?  Have you, the kids, or grandkids seen the prequels to Minions (Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2)?


  1. My husband absolutely LOVES the Minions. We cannot wait to see this.

  2. While I am not a minions fan, my 20yo had the nickname "Minion" from his friends before there ever was Despicable Me so he has become a huge Minions fan.

  3. My kids are all about the Minions. They keep bugging me about the movie. We'll definitely have to see this.

  4. My daughter wants to see this movie so badly! She adores the Minions and the other Despicable Me movies.

  5. We saw the movie and my son loved it! I understand what you mean about it not being as funny as the others. However, it was made for kids and in that sense it was a success for our Family!

  6. We are planning to see our favorite Minions this weekend. My son is super excited. He keeps singing Coco Banana to remind me that we need to go see it.

  7. I haven't seen this movie yet, but I can't wait to see it. I know my son would love it.

  8. We loved Despicable Me but haven't decided yet whether we'll see the Minions movie. Even from the trailers it looks a bit "lukewarm," as you say. I thought the first Despicable Movie was better than the second, but I do think the strong point about those movies was the human connections between Gru and the girls, and without that... yeah, not sure the Minions can carry a movie by themselves. But maybe if we're bored we'll go see it anyway. That's exciting about a Despicable Me 3! (Though I still think Hollywood should come up with more creative names than just 1 2 and 3. Maybe Despicable Me, Despicable You, Despicable Us. :)

  9. We just saw the movie and it was awesome. My son is a huge Minions fan so I knew it was going to be a hit :)

  10. LOVE. Amazingly amazing!!?? Hahaha. I have yet to see this one and I am dying to see it with my entire family so it may have to wait until I am back from New York City. This is a great review. Nice work kids.

  11. I can't wait to see this. I giggle at these characters (Debbie W)


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