On Father’s Day, we were invited to a preview screening of Minions, the new Summer blockbuster for kids. Unfortunately little Gwen was unwell with chicken pox, so I stayed at home with her while D and Austin went to Empire Leicester Square for some Minions-themed ‘fun in the foyer’, and to check out the film.
Here is what D thought of Minions, the prequel to Despicable Me. Thanks for the review, D!
As anyone familiar with the Despicable Me series will know, the unique twist for this series of animations is the celebration of the bad guy. It’s a tricky path to tread, but Universal have done a fine job so far in making such enjoyable films that you are firmly on the side of Gru and his Minions despite their evil machinations. Or if you prefer, as Austin once said after waking me up at 5.30 am so we could play with his new train set, “The ends justify the meanies”.
This origin story starts off in the vein of a nature documentary, following the Minions on a whistle-stop tour through pre-history up to the 19th Century, taking in their disastrous support of baddies ranging from T-Rex to Napolean (the Minions presumably employed as the only henchmen he could tower over).
The main action takes place in the U.S. in the 1960s and London in the 1970s, and this gives an excuse for a very classy soundtrack to accompany the action. Much is made of kid’s films having something for the parents, but featuring music from The Kinks, The Stones, Donovan and Hendrix, this might represent a good option for a trip out with the grandparents.
The action features enough wacky slapstick to keep any five (or indeed 35) year old happy, and a long overdue positively evil female role model in the deliciously dark Scarlet Overkill. I missed Gru – the central supervillain from the first two films – but Austin and I were both delighted to see him at the end of the film, setting us up nicely for Despicable Me 3 (currently in production).
You can be confident that this will keep the Minions in your life out of trouble for at least 90 mins.
Have you seen Minions? What did you think?