Minions (2015) Review


Verdict: Adorable

Great characters with amazing animation and a hilarious script.

Review

After centuries of moving from one boss to another, the minions are at a lost. Kevin stands up, and along with Bob and Stuart, decide to search for a new boss. They hear of Scarlett Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock) and seek to find her in order to work for her. Jennifer Saunders also lends her voice in this as The Queen, and Geoffrey Rush is the narrator. It almost seems impossible to me, but on IMDb, Pierre Coffin is the only one credited as the minions voice. Directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin.

Perhaps I am a little biased in my opinion of this film, as I loved the two Despicable Me movies, plus the minions was a theme for my residence floor last year. So as you see, I have a personal affiliation with the minions. I really enjoyed this.

The story is simple but not boring or over-exaggerated. There are many little happenings throughout the film that add to the atmosphere and overall mood of the film. Choosing to focus on three minions (though I miss Dave) was a good call. The three different personalities – not to mention shape size – of these minions were so prominent and well established that instead of being ‘minions’ they were Kevin, Stuart and Bob. Kevin being the older brother, Stuart the rock star and Bob the most lovable.

The animation was great with good effects and colours that matched the theme of the film. However, I do have to disagree with the extreme body sizes of some characters. Most have too tall and skinny bodies; Walter Nelson (Michael Keaton) and Herb Overkill (Jon Hamm) both look like a human version of ‘Daddy long legs’. I guess however, that this adds to the impossibility element of the film.

The voice acting was pretty awesome. I love Sandra Bullock, and she did great here, I almost couldn’t recognize her voice in some places. She gave great energy to her character, as did Jon Hamm and Michael Keaton. I did not recognize Jennifer Saunders as The Queen, but it did sound familiar, and she was funny. But obviously the spotlight goes to Pierre Coffin and his marvellous gibberish minions talk. There is notably a lot of Spanish words and phrases in the minions speech in addition to many other languages that seem to just fit in randomly here and there. I was pleasantly shocked to hear Bob say ‘Terima Kasih’ which means thank you in Malay. Mad props to Coffin, to be able to voice the minions in a way that can be distinguishable between the three main characters.

Maybe the reason I like this so much is because there is less obvious talking and more inferencing of what the minions are talking about. Because even though we do not understand them in the literal sense, we can still infer as to what they are referring to.

This movie is more about having fun than anything else and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

To sum-up:
PROS: Animation, voice acting, story
CONS: Extreme body sizes

I give this an 8/10.

Have you seen Minions? Rate it out of 5 stars above or leave a comment below!

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