Not de­spi­ca­ble enough

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re­leased 16 Novem­ber 2015 | U | blu-ray/dvd Direc­tors Pierre Cof­fin, Kyle balda Cast san­dra bul­lock, Jon Hamm, Pierre Cof­fin, michael Keaton, al­li­son Jan­ney, Ge­of­frey rush

Af­ter two De­spi­ca­ble Me films, the Minions have fi­nally got their own movie, telling their tale from pre­his­tory through to their first meet­ing with Gru.

It opens with the ba­sics of the Minions’ back­story. Al­ways look­ing for the big­gest and bad­dest nasty to serve, but nearly al­ways killing him in the process, the Minions have fol­lowed di­nosaurs, Egyp­tian pharaohs and Drac­ula be­fore fi­nally head­ing into safe iso­la­tion in Antarc­tica. But by the ’60s the Minions are suc­cumb­ing to de­pres­sion with­out a bad guy to lead them, so Kevin, Stu­art and Bob head out into the world to find them a vil­lain. Af­ter get­ting taken on as hench­men by San­dra Bul­lock’s Scar­let Overkill, they’re packed off to steal her the crown from the Tower of Lon­don – a job which un­sur­pris­ingly doesn’t quite go to plan.

It’s a fun ef­fort that does an un­ex­pect­edly good job of ex­pand­ing the Minions from love­able side­kicks to film-car­ry­ing movie stars, with Jen­nifer Saun­ders’ arm-wrestling, beer-swill­ing Queen a par­tic­u­lar high­light. There’s also a great swing­ing ’60s sound­track. Un­for­tu­nately this just-too­lightweight film doesn’t dis­cover its heart un­til the very end, when the Minions fi­nally meet the young Gru, and you re­alise what’s been miss­ing all along.

Ex­tras Three shorts: “Cro Min­ion” and “Com­pe­ti­tion”, both fur­ther ad­ven­tures in “Minions be­ing amus­ing”; and “Binky Nel­son Un­paci­fied” a look at the baby of the vil­lain­ous Nel­son fam­ily that’s the best of the bunch. “Jin­gle Bells Minions Style” is a fun sin­ga­long with Minions-speech lyrics. The rest of the ex­tras are buried in­side rab­bit holes of menus – an in­ter­ac­tive map con­tains a va­ri­ety of good­ies from sto­ry­boards and gal­leries to pro­duc­ers’ com­ments and “fun facts”, but be pre­pared for a lot of but­ton press­ing. Fi­nally there’s a “Be­hind The Gog­gles” look at the var­i­ous film­mak­ing de­part­ments, but again it’s short on con­tent and long on in­ter­minable click­ing. Rhian Drinkwa­ter

The car­pet in in­ven­tor Herb Overkill’s lab has the same pat­tern as the car­pet of the Over­look Ho­tel in The Shin­ing.

Sadly, Cor­byn couldn’t make it.

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