Minions is directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin and written by Brian Lynch. Stars-Sandra Bullock, Michael Keaton and Pierre Coffin as the voice of the Minions. Premise-A spin-off of the Despicable Me films, Minions follows the Minions’ journey to find the most evil boss they can so they can serve them.
When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I was immediately worried. Why? Because the Minions are the comic relief for the more dramatic and complicated characters e.g. Gru, Margo, and Lucy. Putting the comic relief in the spotlight for such a long amount of time is never a bright idea. Don’t believe me? Planet Sheen (a spin-off of the TV show The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) put the comic relief (Sheen) in the spotlight, and it is one of the most obnoxious, and ridiculous TV shows I have ever seen. Cars 2 also put the comic relief (Mater) in the spotlight, and it is one of the biggest critical flops of all time. I’m not saying I hate comic relief characters (heck, I loved the Minions in Despicable Me 1 and 2), but they should never be the center of attention for too long because they can become annoying very quickly. Sadly, this exact scenario happens in Minions. Mostly because 80% of the jokes are for children and children alone. Unless you’re taste in good comedy is the same as a five-year-old’s (and you love the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies), you’ll just groan at most of the jokes in this film. Slapstick violence is also omnipresent, but the problem with that is the Minions can’t speak English (and are indestructible), so they can’t express pain beyond the occasional cartoonish expression.
Besides the disappointing humor, the story is pretty much nonexistent. The Minions go here and they do something, the Minions go there and they do something. That is literally the first 30 minutes of the movie. However, once Michael Keaton’s character is introduced, the main plot begins. Most of it was revealed in the trailer, the characters are uninteresting, and the climax rips-off of The Iron Giant.
I know why this movie was made. Money. Plain and simple. Illumination Entertainment saw the public’s reaction to their Minions and they said, “Hey, why don’t we make a movie centered on what gets us the most money? And while we’re at it, let’s cast Michael Keaton and Sandra Bullock so some adults will be interested as well.” I wouldn’t mind that so much if there was more effort put into this movie. Everything from the voice acting, characters, premise, and story just screams ‘lazy’. The one redeeming thing about this movie would be the animation. For what this movie is, it’s not the worst, but it could have been better. Minions gets Guy’s Guru Grade of a C-.