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‘Minions’ Review

I guess I’ll take the time to write about this…

I’ll keep this one short. I will come right out now and say that I have only seen about half of the first ‘Despicable Me’, and have not seen the second one at all. Why did I only see half of the first? Because I thought it was incredibly stupid.

Now onto this. I really had no intention of seeing this at all, but I did.

How is it you ask?

It’s fine. I laughed quite a bit actually. However, after just seeing it, I don’t even remember the plot off the top of my head. It was very basic, but I think that’s part of the main issue of this movie.

From my understanding, these minions were supporting characters in the earlier films. There is a reason for this. They have their own language and were funny in smaller doses.

After about 20 minutes of this movie, I stopped trying to care about the story, or lack-there-of, and just focused on the humor. And while I did laugh here and there, I really don’t feel like it was the best idea to make an entire feature length movie about these guys. If there was a better story, and a few more interesting English-speaking human characters to bounce off of, it would have been so much better.

Where most Pixar movies develop their animated films to appeal to both kids and adults, I felt that this was made more specifically for a certain age group. I think adults will laugh at spots of humor in this, but other than that there’s not much left to be done.

I’ll give ‘Minions’ a C. It would have been amazing as a short film, but that’s not what this was. The minions were cute and funny but it was 90 minutes of the same type of humor being repeated. It would have benefited from a more clever story so you could leave feeling like you got something out of it other than a few laughs.

If my future kids were to put this movie on from time to time, I’d be okay with it. It wasn’t annoying or anything, but it’s movies like this that make me grateful that there are more clever and thought-provoking animated films out there.

With that said, skip this one and go see ‘Inside Out’, even if it’s for a second viewing. Unless maybe your kids are in the age group of 4-10.

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