Directors: Kyle Balda & Pierre Coffin Starring: Sandra Bullock, John Hamm & Michael Keaton Synopsis: Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world Rating: U Run time: 91 minutes Release date: 26 June (UK)
It’s incredibly hard to dislike the Minions. Their colourful personalities, childlike innocence and desire to eat bananas while talking gibberish has ensured their place in pop culture history. Their appearances in Despicable Me & Despicable Me 2 were highlights of two very good films, but can those tiny shoulders carry a film all on their own?
For the most part, yes. The little yellow buggers remain as funny as ever and maintain their usual charm throughout the films running time. Jokes are had, nods to popular culture are made and the Minion language is as giggle inducing as it has been since 2010.
Whereas before, the Minions were supporting characters, here they are firmly front and centre. Their promotion to the films leads is smoother than anticipated, and leaves you with the feeling that there is more to come from Stuart, Bob and Kevin. Whether that be in another Minions film or a third Despicable Me remains to be seen.
What Minions does right, is pander to its target audience. By that I mean, anyone 12 and under will enjoy this film immensely. All the traits associated with the Minions are all present and correct, and from the moment they are “singing” along to the Universal intro theme, you know exactly what you’re in for.
Here is a film whose sole purpose is to entertain its built in fan base of merchandise hungry children, and in that regard it has to be seen as a huge success, as it is hard to imagine any child coming away with anything less than the world’s biggest smile once the film has ended.
The voice talent is all very well done here, with Minions providing excellent opportunities for the cast to excel. Sandra Bullock has fun as the big bad, Scarlett Overkill, with John Hamm, Michael Keaton, Steve Cogan and Jennifer Saunders all throwing their comedic timing into the mix.
If, however, you are a grown up watching Minions, you may feel slightly underwhelmed. While it is undoubtedly funny, it is also very forgettable. Barring a very good soundtrack, it can be hard to recall any standout moments throughout the film, and may leave older audiences dissatisfied.
What is also disappointing, is that after a fine introduction to the Minions and their way of life, the film loses its way. Their history of following the most despicable characters is shown in a very stylish and funny opening montage, but once the main story is set up, we get the feeling that the directors are simply patching together a threadbare plot in order to execute more Minion led humour.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with this really. Minions does exactly what it says on the tin, and provides 91 minutes of exactly what you’d expect. Children will love it, while adults will find their own enjoyment throughout the film, even if it is all forgotten once you’ve left the cinema.
In summary: A fun film, ideal for children and not without its moments of fun for adults, even if it doesn’t come close to the highs of the Despicable Me films.