I’ve never seen Despicable Me 1 or 2 so I was happy to see Minions can be viewed as a standalone movie. The movie starts by filling in their back story and we meet the characters Kevin, Bob and Stuart, who lead the Minions on their quest to find a new leader. They are fiercely entertaining and never before have single-celled yellow organisms been so 3 Dimensional.
Despite the characters purpose to serve the most despicable of masters, you can’t help but love those yellow ‘knights in blue denim’ that have crossed continents to serve their chosen super villain; the deliciously dastardly Scarlet Overkill, voiced by Sandra Bullock. As charismatic as she is deadly, she takes on the Minion trio as her new henchmen and sets them a mission to steal the Queen of England’s crown.
Their garbled language, a mix of Spanish and French sounding words along with some choice English phrases like ‘banana’ thrown in actually makes you feel like you understand them, a testament to clever animation and storytelling. The characters are all unique and their personalities shine through in their actions. Bob the young enthusiastic one who picks up a teddy bear friend along the way, Stuart the rebellious guitar player with a short attention span and Kevin the protective ‘big brother’.
Children will go literally crazy for them. The upshot for adults is its entertaining enough that you won’t get bored and I’d challenge anyone who says they didn’t at least crack a smile watching it.
I did feel that the entertainment value (from a more adult perspective) struggled to keep its momentum towards the end but an enjoyable hour and half none the less, and the kids will love it and that’s really who counts.