Minions

De­spi­ca­ble- pre

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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

These Rice Krispies were some­how dif­fer­ent…

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