Minions

Minions
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Director: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin
Writer: Brian Lynch
Release date: 2015-06-26
Runtime: 91 mins
Cast
Sandra Bullock
Jon Hamm
Michael Keaton

I’ll begin by saying that I don’t understand this attraction to Minions (the films and the creatures). Maybe this is because I am in my early-to-mid-twenties, I don’t know, but I understand that when kids show even the slightest interest in something, companies will go all-out to bombard them with an array of merchandise. In my opinion, I can only give this film two out of five stars. Here’s why…

 

Minions is a 3D computer-animated children’s film that follows those ‘adorable’ little yellow creatures. Before we met them in Despicable Me, we get to see where the Minions came from. We follow the Minions as they try again and again to find someone evil to follow, but things never go right. People die and the Minions flee to Antarctica to live a solo existence. But when they can take it no longer, they set out to try one last time at becoming minions to the best villain. Enter Scarlett Overkill (Sandra Bullock). Have the Minions finally found their place, or is their journey just beginning?

 

I said it in my review for Jurassic World, and I’ll say it again: I am a Creationist who does not believe complex organism (i.e. humans) evolved from single-celled organism (who themselves apparently popped out of nothing). I have a great distaste for films, etc., that brainwash children into believing this is possible, hence I dislike the suggestion that this is where Minions and such came from. Putting this aside, there were some funny moments that were good for a few chuckles. It was also interesting to see the characters interacting – and unintentionally influencing – people throughout history.

 

Voice acting must be a terribly hard skill to master. Not only do these actors have to connect with their characters – in this case some not even human – but they have to portray a range of emotions with only their voices. So I give massive props to the cast, which includes Pierre Coffin (who voiced all of the minions), Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, and many more.

 

In terms of the writing, this film is not going to be winning any major awards. The dialogue was witty and there were a few laughs, but that’s about it.

 

Being a 3D animated film, a lot of work went into creating every little thing we see. Every line had to be drawn, every character had to emote, and every scene needed to be engaging. Minions succeeded in all these areas, and it’s cool to see how much technology is progressing.

 

As I said before, this franchise has proven to be extremely popular with children. Though I’m sure parents are starting to get tired of seeing those little yellow creatures on everything, everyone seems to be attracted to the little guys. The only negative comments I have heard have been that perhaps the Minions weren’t engaging enough to carry a whole film on their own, and are more suited to being the comic relief in the Despicable Me series.

 

Overall, it’s a film that probably wasn’t suited for my generation, but it looks like a lot of other people have enjoyed it. I give it two out of five stars, and recommend this film for the next school holidays.

Minions on July 29, 2015 rated 2.0 of 5