Minions (2015) Review

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Minions (2015)

Directed by Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda

Starring Voice Actors:
Pierre Coffin
Sandra Bullock
Jon Hamm
Michael Keaton
Allison Janney
Steve Coogan
Geoffrey Rush

Production company: Illumination Entertainment

Running time: 91 minutes

Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world.

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My Opinion:

First of all, I must confess that I love minions. LOVE THEM!!!! They’re hilarious and adorable and I desperately want some of my own (to do my evil bidding, of course). I specifically want a Bob after seeing this movie – he’s so sweet with his little teddy bear!

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So, anyway – I’m probably going to be far more forgiving of this movie’s flaws because…. MINIONS!!!! πŸ™‚ Is this movie great? No. Is it even remotely as good as Despicable Me or Despicable Me 2? Hell no. But that’s okay – I didn’t expect it to be. I was hoping it would be better than it was, though, so that was a little disappointing. For the record, I think the first Despicable Me is absolutely brilliant (which shocked me as I’ve never really loved a kids’ film that wasn’t made by Pixar or Disney). I think it’s very funny as well as very sweet (without being schmaltzy). The relationship between Gru & the girls is done perfectly and I knew when they announced there would be a movie with just the minions that it would never live up to the Despicable Mes as Gru and the girls are what really make those movies so great. The fault with Minions isn’t the minions, though – they’re just as silly and loveable as ever. Unfortunately, the story and script are very weak as are all the non-minion characters. Bullock’s Scarlet Overkill is especially boring – I found her and the family the minions first meet to all be a bit stupid and pointless. We cared about Gru in Despicable Me and, even when he was at his most evil, he was at least funny & entertaining. In Minions, I really just wanted the human characters to go away. Maybe the next minions movie should be nothing but minions??? I suppose it would have to be narrated or subtitled through the whole thing, though… Okay, I suppose it wouldn’t work. I’d still watch it, though!

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I’m keeping this review short because, well, there isn’t much to say. If you adore the minions as much as I do, you’ll have fun with this movie even though you’ll recognize that it’s far from perfect. If you’re not a fan of the Despicable Me films or of the minions, I wouldn’t recommend Minions (I’m not sure why you’d want to watch it anyway in that case). I had plenty of fun laughs throughout the film but it’s lacking the heart of Despicable Me (as well as the amazing Pharrell soundtracks). For a soundtrack full of pre-existing music, though, I’d have to say that I did really enjoy the great 60’s songs they chose for the film (from The Beatles, The Kinks, The Who, etc). Plus, thank god, they were smart enough to include Mellow Yellow by Donovan! (because, like, minions are YELLOW! Yeah?!). πŸ™‚ I also enjoyed several 60’s pop culture references but, overall, it didn’t make up for the mediocre story and villain. I still love those minions, though!!!! Just do me a favor & watch Despicable Me instead if you’ve never seen it.

My Rating: 7/10

And if you’re curious, these would be my Despicable Me ratings:
Despicable Me: 9/10
Despicable Me 2: 8/10

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My six-year-old’s opinion: I’ve not done this as a “family” review as, to be honest, I’d have watched Minions even if I didn’t have a kid. But I did ask her for her opinion of the movie as I always do after we watch one together. She of course enjoyed it and giggled plenty throughout the film but I know she didn’t like it as much as Despicable Me. She gives the Despicable Me films 10/10 & Minions 8/10 (she tends to rate things too highly). πŸ˜‰ She sat pretty still through the whole movie so it did keep her attention the entire time. I’d say it’s definitely worth going to if your kids love the minions as much as mine does. Oh, and her favorite bit has to do with a famous band (but I can’t say any more to avoid spoilers).

What my hubby had to say:
“Such a wasted opportunity. Yes I giggled at the odd thing here and there… but what a waste of some of the most iconic creations of the past ten years.”

Is there a scene after the credits? YES! There are a lot of scenes throughout the credits but there’s also a very long scene after the credits as well. It’s worth staying for (in my opinion. if you’re a music lover…).

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56 thoughts on “Minions (2015) Review

  1. Great write up mate. Not much more to say is there? I was gonna write something up but just can’t rally nail down anything to say. It is just mindless fun, and I loved it. Thanks for putting me onto it!!

    • Thanks! πŸ™‚ Yeah, I started to feel silly only talking about my own opinion on kids films so I decided it was time to get her opinion on here too. πŸ™‚

  2. I wasn’t a big fan of ‘Minions’ … I thought the film was too predictable overall! It started off well, then resorted to the typical stuff as it went along …

  3. I LOVED The Despicable Me movies and I completely agree with you on this. It could have been epic and it was just laaaaame and definitely because of the human characters.

  4. Nice write-up.

    It sounds to me like they should have just stuck to the Minions shorts that appear on DVD extras than a feature length outing, but Hollywood is all about money. I can’t say I am surprise this has divided opinion as spin-offs rarely succeed in the same vain as their parent films.

    • Thanks! πŸ™‚ Yeah…. I knew this wasn’t likely to be very good. 😦 But Hollywood still got my money. Those bastards! Lol. I still love those minions, though, and would totally waste my money on another shitty sequel. πŸ˜‰

  5. Nice, fair review!

    I loved Despicable Me – like you it was strange for me to love a kids movie that wasn’t Disney, Pixar, Ghibli – and to be honest I don’t “love” animated children’s films that much anyway. But Despicable Me was such a delight!!! Genuinely funny for all ages, very likable and charming.

    The sequel was great but not AS great. And I suspect I will watch Minions on DVD πŸ™‚

    I love the minions but I also love Gru, I knew I’d miss his presence.

    Soundtrack sounds awesome πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Emma! Yay – another Despicable Me lover! We seem to have totally the same taste in animated films. πŸ™‚ Yeah, the soundtrack was very good & I’m sure you’ll have plenty of fun watching this one even though the movie itself isn’t great. Because…. MINIONS RULE!!! πŸ™‚

      • I really did love it and it surprised me quite a bit! We have THE BEST taste!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        The soundtrack sounds rocking! It’s those little differences sometimes that can really make kids films that bit more special.

        I love them!!!! I love their really normal names too lol “Steve, Phil, Tim!” ha ha ha.

      • Which one is Bob? I’ll look him up! I love their names!!!!!! Tim, Phil and Steve are definitely minions as well, I remember them in the first movie. I’m sure there is a Dave as well πŸ™‚

        Bob is actually a fucking hilarious name for a minion. I used to have a dog called Sean and always liked his name too haha! Just TOO human!

    • Lol. Big fan of the minions, then?? πŸ™‚ I love those little guys so much! Even though the movie is weak, the minions are still a blast so I’m sure you’ll have fun with it. πŸ™‚

    • Hahaha! You’re so mean to me just because you’re slightly younger than me!! πŸ˜‰ I saw it in 3D only because that was the time that worked best – I don’t really like 3D. I actually forgot I saw it in 3D until you mentioned it so it clearly wasn’t worth it, I guess!

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