OK, it’s not
completely fair to complain that a movie could have been better, because
that’s true of almost anything. Certainly
every film. But that said,
“Minions” just doesn’t have the magic of other animation films
(like “Inside Out”).
It’s not exactly a winsome plot:
a bunch of yellow, jelly-bean shaped little creatures, who’ve
apparently been around since the dinosaurs, decide they want to attach
themselves to the biggest villain they can find.
(And apparently they’re as invincible as cockroaches, and look
about as charming.) They march quickly through history, from the T.Rex
to Napoleon, each time on the side of the baddest bad guy around, but
somehow they get caught in a kind of ice cave and just get bored when
there’s no mischief to entertain them.
three of them decide to break out and find a new mentor, and wind up
trying to attach themselves to the self-appointed villainess, Scarlett
Overkill (the voice of Sandra Bullock).
She’s convinced that if she can only steal the crown of the
Queen of England, she’ll become the Queen of England (or Great
Britain, or whatever the official title would be).
But her effort is thwarted by one of the Minions, who manages to
pull the sword from the stone (yes, we’re mixing up our legends a bit
here, that’s in the King Arthur lore), and everybody hails the new
Scarlett Overkill is not going to give up that easily, and what follows
is your basic struggle for control and dominance, without the confines
of “real” chase sequences, because this is just computer graphic
imaging on the big screen.
this reviewer, animation works best when the characters are so charming
and human-like that they’re completely engrossing, which is certainly
not the case here. The
Minions chatter to each other in some kind of garble that might contain
snippets of other languages, like Spanish, but is basically
unintelligible. So we have
to rely completely on the slapstick antics to keep us entertained.
My eight-year-old grandson liked it.
As for the adults, well, there’s always Beatles music, and
maybe some inside-joke-type cultural references, but “Minions” is
just too far from winsome to make it entertaining.