Review: There Just Isn’t Anything Better than Minions this Summer

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Minions in this summer's Minions. (Universal Pictures)

Minions in this summer's Minions. (Universal Pictures)

The spinoff to the wildly successful film Despicable Me titled Minions is now in theatres, and boy is it a delight.

The film is directed by Pierre Coffin, produced by Illumination Entertainment, stars the voices of Sandra Bullock and John Hamm, and promises to be one of the funniest outings of the summer, appealing to both children and adults alike.

The film takes off, quite literally, at the beginning of time, and depicts how the minions at a cellular level have been part of all human history, with the sole purpose of serving the most evil villain of all time. In that quest to find such a villain, they inadvertently destroy each one, beginning with a Tyrannosaurus Rex and subsequently a caveman, an Egyptian Pharaoh, a medieval king, a captain pirate, Genghis Khan, Napoleon and Dracula.

Disappointed, they decide to isolate themselves in Antarctica to start a new life. However, lacking a villain to serve makes them depressed. One day, in the 60s, a minion named Kevin comes up with a plan, and is joined by the rebellious Stewart and the kind Bob on a trip to New York, where their adventure begins.

The film is very-well done and has great production value, taking into account that neither Pixar nor DreamWorks were involved. The film keeps you entertained from start to finish, and even the ridiculous mishaps the minions get into turn out to be absolutely hilarious.

Due to its appeal to both young and adult audiences, we can anticipate this outing to be successful at the box office just like its predecessor. However, let’s not fool ourselves – this film clearly focuses on a marketing angle at all levels and whether we like it or not, will flood stores and media with merchandise.

Despite being a marketing-driven film, it still delivers on an organic level, which is rare.


Universal Pictures
Now in theaters

4 Stars

Films are rated on a scale of 5 stars (must-see), 4 stars (exceptional), 3 stars (solid), 2 stars (average) and 1 star (unworthy).

Ramon Aviles is a Staff Reporter for Living Out Loud - LA, covering lifestyle and entertainment.
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