I've often wondered if Illumination Entertainment had any inkling that the minions, who first won our hearts in the 2010 hit film Despicable Me, would end up being such a marketing success. It seems that for the last five years, you can't go anywhere without seeing some reference to these adorable servants of master-villain turn devoted father, Gru (Steve Carell). But where did they come from? How does their story begin? And, more importantly, can they really carry their very own full-length film without Gru?
Minions hit theaters nationwide today and the crowds are already packing the theaters. I can honestly say this is the first family film of the summer season that I wasn't disappointed in. I will NOT go as far as to say it is as good as the original two Despicable Me films, but it definitely had its share of charm and laughs. As proof that animated films today attract more than kids, the theater was filled with teens and adults sans children!
The first few minutes take us on a historical timeline that depicts the creation and evolution of these lovable, little, yellow creatures. Starting as single-cell amoebas in the sea, they eventually evolved into their present-day form. From the beginning, they have had only one goal - serve the most despicable master they could find. From T-Rex to Dracula to Napoleon, they continued to bounce from villain to villain until one day they are left without someone to work for and, therefore, without purpose.
Finally, in 1968, 42 years before Gru, Kevin decides to set out with Bob and Stuart by his side to search for a new villain to serve. Their journey leads them to NYC where they learn about Villain-Con in Orlando. It is here that they land the job of henchmen to the first ever female super-villain, Scarlet Overkill (played by Sandra Bullock). Overkill's challenge to the minions? Steal Queen Elizabeth's crown! From this point forward, the film takes on a similar feel to the original Despicable Me films with similar action and gadgets.
Minions is rated PG for action and rude humor but, honestly, I feel it is suitable for the entire family. The story line is clever and the audience was in an almost constant state of giggles. It's just a light, fun film. The soundtrack taken directly from the 60s era was an added bonus. Look for a special appearance at the end of the movie! The minions really are adorable and there's no way you could be in a bad mood watching this film.
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