625. Minions

625-minionsBackground info

Title: Minions
Director: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin
Year: 2015
Run time: 1hr 31m

“Since the dawn of time, Minions have served (and accidentally eliminated) history’s most despicable villains. After their latest explosive mistake leaves them without an evil leader, the Minions fall into a deep depression. With the tribe on the brink of collapse, three unlikely heroes—Kevin, Stuart, and Bob—embark on a journey to find a new big boss. When their quest leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), our three heroes must face their biggest challenge yet: saving all of Minionkind…from annihilation!”

Live blog

0:39 – Five out of five!
3:30 – History of the minions should probably be taught at school.
9:03 – A narrated movie is something different.
11:55 – Bob swimming is cuteness!
16:57 – It’s one thing to laugh at your own jokes, but to spin round in your chair laughing, quite another.
20:18 – “Growing boy-like creatures…”
21:53 – Never thought I’d have to feel bad for the local police in THIS film.
31:39 – “Why am I holding a bear?”
32:00 – Knights in shining denim.
37:46 – Minion quite literally went ooh la la.
41:08 – So much love for Bob.
48:20 – “Bob, who appears to be a bald, jaundiced child…”
51:29 – Actual mic drop!
55:38 – That’s the trouble with serving a supervillain, they can turn at the drop of a hat.
1:00:04 – All the sixties references.
1:05:17 – Bomb-juggling clown isn’t terrifying at all, by the way.
1:10:30 – Love Stay-Puft minion being thwarted by cramped London.
1:16:43 – King Tim.
1:17:33 – Super mega ukulele.
1:21:24 – “He was despicable.”

Conclusions

I’ve been looking forward to this one from the moment it was announced, being the minion fan that I am. However, there was also so much hype and press about it that I felt like it was familiar right from the off. There were still some nice surprises, particularly the opening intro Pitch Perfect style, but actually it just felt like a nice, comfortable, minion-tastic ninety minutes.

They’re just as cute as ever, and my fears that they would have to be more vocal to carry off an entire movie proved unfounded. They do make more noise and say more things, but their mixture of English, Spanish, French and goodness knows what else makes them just that little bit more adorable.

Clearly, Bob is the best one, cute little button with a bear that he is. But they all hold their own – Stuart the hipster, Kevin the brainiac, and the rest of the bunch who have to fight their way past several real life bears. Sandra Bullock is fab as the villain (apparently the first time she’s played a villain!) and bonus Gru at the end was just the icing on the cake.

Rating: 5/5.

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