Review: MINIONS (2015) | Casey's Movie Mania | Movie Reviews, Features & Others

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Review: MINIONS (2015)

MINIONS captures the same zany energy associated with these little yellow creatures that will appeal largely to die-hard fans.


The huge success of DESPICABLE ME (2010) and DESPICABLE ME 2 (2013) has owed a lot to the mischievous little yellow creatures known as Minions. Thanks to their adorable presences and their often-hilarious hijinks, they were so popular amongst many kids and adults alike that even their favourite food -- banana -- became synonymous with their characters. So, it comes to no surprise that they are bound to have their own spin-off sooner or later.

WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

The Minions have long existed since the beginning of time. From the day they emerged out of the sea, they roamed the land with one-and-only purpose in their life: to serve the right and most despicable "boss". Throughout the years, they have served many masters from all over the world, but failed all of them. Soon, they continue their journey and start a new life in Antarctica. But without a master to be served, they gradually lost their sense of purpose and becomes severely depressed. Then one day, Kevin (voiced by Pierre Coffin) finally voiced out as he promises his fellow Minions to search for a new master at all cost. With the help of two volunteers, Stuart and Bob (both also voiced by Pierre Coffin), they set out on a long journey until they finally end up in New York circa 1968. From there, they get to find out about the villain convention (an obvious nod to San Diego Comic-Con) situated in Orlando where they compete with the rest of the villains to become the henchmen for Scarlett Overkill (Sandra Bullock).

THE GOOD STUFF
 
As evident in the first two DESPICABLE ME movies directed by Pierre Coffin, the animation is both vibrant and colourful. His direction (along with co-director Kyle Balda) is equally energetic, and so does the way Coffin voiced all three main Minions characters (Kevin, Stuart and Bob) in such gleeful manner. Likewise, it's always fun to see them involved in a series of playful acts as well as their gibberish talks in different languages. Speaking of languages, there is a brief scene where one of the Minions spoken a particular word that bound to evoke laughter among many local viewers in Malaysia (you'll know when you see it). Although MINIONS is primarily a kids' movie, Coffin still manages to slip in a few delightful pop-culture references of the '60s era for the older adults such as Jimi Hendrix's famous guitar licks and The Beatles' iconic Abbey Road crossing.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT(S)

The elaborate prologue -- wonderfully narrated by Geoffrey Rush -- explains the very first existence of the Minions from the prehistoric era serving various masters from different generations.
  
THE BAD STUFF

While the Minions are given a lot of love in this movie, most of the human characters are sadly undermined. With the exception of Jon Hamm as Scarlett's inventor husband and Jennifer Saunders as Queen Elizabeth II, other notable talents like Michael Keaton and Allison Janney are reduced into forgettable roles that hardly gives a lasting impression. Even the novelty casting of Sandra Bullock in a rare villain role as Scarlett Overkill is nothing more than a flash-in-the-pan character. The plot, in the meantime, is as threadbare as it gets.
  
FINAL WORDS
 

MINIONS doesn't break any new ground in terms of animation or storyline. But other than that, the movie fulfils its promise as a crowd-pleasing entertainment with the same winning formula that made the Minions such an enduring character until today.

* This review is written courtesy from UIP Malaysia 3D press screening *

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