Release Date: OUT NOW!
U | 91 minutes Directors: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda Cast: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Pierre Coffin, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Geoffrey Rush
Not every sidekick
or secondary character deserves a spin- off film. We couldn’t imagine, for example, the further adventures of any of the minor creatures in the Ice Age franchise. ( Scrat, for all his appeal, is better suited to short films). But Despicable Me’s Minions have taken off to such a degree that of course the filmmakers would want to give it a shot. And they’re more successful than you might figure.
A funny prologue guides us through a brief history of the pill- shaped little yellow menaces, obsessed with finding the biggest, baddest boss to serve and the disappointment they feel when their clumsiness destroys each one. The visual gags and slapstick come thick and fast, and it’s almost a shame when the movie has to get to the actual plot. That’s more of a trifle, about Sandra Bullock’s ’ 60s supervillain Scarlet Overkill hiring Kevin, Stuart and Bob ( who have left their species’ seclusion to find a new employer) to help her steal the Queen’s crown, and doesn’t ever quite live up to the promise of the opening act, even with game performances from the actress and Jon Hamm as her devoted husband.
But while Minions can’t reach the level of, say, an Inside Out in terms of depth and feeling, it’s at least not something that punishes grown- ups escorting the kids to see their favourite nonsense- spewing nuisances. Banana! James White
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