Still recovering from recent workload. So anyway, I took my family to the movies. I personally love animated movies if they are done well, so there was no doubt thatÂ we would be seeing either Minions or Inside Out. And Minions it was.
As a result a very brief review.
Minions is the latest product of Californian animation company Illumination Entertainment. A spin off of the Despicable Me series I approached this film with the cynical attitude that it was simply a lame money-making exercise. Let’s admit it, so many sequels are just that. Nevertheless deep deep deep inside… I really wanted it to be good.
My cynicism was misplaced – well, about the lame bit. It was superb. Perhaps not as great as the Despicable Me films, but pretty darn close. I chuckled my way through most of it and really enjoyed the music too (there is a Hair sequence that cracked me up).
The film is set in 1968 (hence my love of the music) and is before Gru (keep your eyes peeled from a very quick cameo of boy Gru early in the film). With most of the minions hidden away, three intrepid members of their tribe(?) seek out a villain to follow. They find female super-villain Scarlet Overkill who launches them on the task of stealing the British Crown Jewels. Naturally nothing works out as expected.
OneÂ highlight for me was a bit of a Kaiju homage. Can’t explain too much without spoilers.
Personally I enjoyed this film. The script was amusing and engaging. The characterisation was solid. The animation as top notch as Despicable Me. And the music…
The voice acting was also superb. Sandra Bullock as Scarlet Overkill was delicious. Funnily enough, Michael Keaton did not make much of an impression on me – which is not normally the case. But my favourite voice was Jennifer Saunders as Queen Elizabeth.
Will I remember this movie with undue fondness in a few years time – the same way I do with Shrek or Monster Inc? Probably not. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good film, but nothing about itÂ was what I would consider outstanding. Yet I would happily watch repeats on television.
So I give it an 8 out of 10.