Laughing with Minions
Minions — yellow, pill-shaped fun magnets that don blue denim pants are here to make you laugh — in Minions, a prequel to the Despicable Me series. And yes, appearances can be deceiving where the only purpose of the Minions is to serve history’s most despicable masters and yet they become the reason for their masters’ end, but accidentally.
It is hilarious to watch their stupidity and because of their stupidity, the despicable masters or the most dangerous living beings on earth get killed one after another.
The prequel begins with the evolution of Minions as narrated by Geoffrey Rush — their first masters are the underwater creatures. Then there is Tyrannosaurus, a caveman, an Egyptian pharaoh, Dracula and Napoleon.
While serving Napoleon they get chased by Napolean’s army. So they isolate themselves from the world and start a new life in Antarctica. By 1968, without a master to serve, they all get depressed and Minion Kevin sets out to find a new master for them, to help them in the time of crisis. When he asks for volunteers to join on his quest, Minions Stuart and Bob join him. And their journey begins ...
The earlier movies of Despicable Me franchise have much weight and value than the Minions, which does not touch your soul. The plot has been developed randomly and it does not make much sense.
Scarlett Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock) is the supervillain with magnificent weapons and gadgets and yet she needs someone else to steal the crown of the Queen of England.
Nevertheless, the stupid actions of the Minions and their gibberish blabber won’t let you get bored. And then there is their love for banana that will make you ‘go bananas’ for a few days.
Except for birds flying, Scarlett’s flying machine, London’s setting and Minions swimming underwater, there is not much striking visuals. The 3D is not worth its value.
Bullock’s voice as sexy supervillain is praiseworthy while Jon Hamm who has voiced Herb Overkill, a romantic, not-so-dangerous inventor husband is apt for the character.
Meanwhile the portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II (voiced by Jennifer Saunders) could surprise you — the queen is a champion armwrestler and too tomboyish. No matter how much poise or cuteness is added with supervillain Scarlett or Minions, in the end its Gru (Steve Carell) who steals the show.
Have fun watching the yellow fellows.
Director: Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda
Cast: Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Geoffrey Rush, Jennifer Saunders,
Hiroyuki Sanada, Steve Carell
Being screened at QFX Cinemas