Whatever any critics have to say about the Minions movie, your brain is probably already telling you whether you are going to enjoy it or not. One simple test. Read this and tell me what happens.. “BANANA!!!”.
If you said it in a dumb voice and instantly started guffawing then you are gonna love the movie, if you just said it normally and questioned why I asked, then perhaps this is not for you. Move along, move along.
Minions is a spin off movie that actually works, it is high concept and keeps the spirit of the Despicable Me characters rather than push them into unforeseen areas. What I mean by this is that the story is totally simple and the film is a collection of fast and furious Jacques Tati style sight gags that will more often than not find you laughing out loud at the adventures of the trio of miscreants out to find a new master.
The story begins with the dinosaurs and shows us some of the Minions masters throughout the years, everyone from the caveman to Dracula gets their moment in the sun (the second, hilariously, quite literally) until eventually no strong evil exists in the world (although there is a great Nixon sight gag for the older audience members) and so Kevin, Bob and Stuart must go out to find their new leader, whilst the remaining Minions stay home depressed at their lack of purpose (a spiritless football game shows their current mood and is hilarious).
What these three find is that the most evil creature in the world is a woman named Scarlet Overkill, brilliantly voiced by Sandra Bullock and to impress her they set out trying to steal the crown of the queen of England, ably performed by Jennifer Saunders. So now you have a million things to add to the comedy – great villainy, torture chambers, the Tower Of London, elderly keepers of the treasure, a great villany conference hidden by an Orlando bait shop and an excellent sixties soundtrack starting with The Turtles and spinning through the Rolling Stones, The Monkees and even The Beatles, showing that no expense was spared creating this animated treasure. The film will be easy for all audiences to digest as you don’t even need to understand English to get a kick out of it, most of the dialogue is in Minion, I have even seen hilarious online posts from confused viewers wondering if there is an english version. That IS the english version, you dolts. There are a minion and one gags (sorry) here ranging from Stuart enjoying jumping around on beds to Stuart wanting to ape Jimi Hendrix. It is a laugh a minute from beginning to end and along with Inside Out, this is a great summer for animated hits. All together now “BANANA!” 🙂
Staring through the open window of imagination.
A storm is raging
And all looks lost.
Then a small boat of hope floats into view.
It battles against the thunderous spirits of the mind’s sea
And continues it’s course.
As it fades from view
The sea grows calm.
Happiness, a destination reached.