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Published on July 7th, 2015 | by gareth



Those lovable and mischief filled Minions are back and this time they have a new solo adventure that chronicles their history.

The film chronicles the minions through the ages as they have followed their compulsion to find a master to serve which always results in hilarious misfortune for the Masters.

After a recent setback, the Minion tribe takes refuge in an ice cave and builds their society over the passing years. Unfortunately, depression seeks in as the Minions are missing their basic drive and as such, an inspired member named Kevin decides he will venture out to find a new Master for them to follow.

Kevin is joined by Stuart and Bob and after a long trip; they find themselves in New York in 1968. Of course the city that never sleeps is an ideal place for them to get into all sorts of mischief and also allows them to view and underground television broadcast promoting a Villain Con in Orlando.

Inspired, the trio sets off and makes some dubious travel companions along the way, yet eventually arrive at their destination.

At the convention they encounter Scarlett Overkill (Sandra Bullock), and in a twist of fate, become her new apprentices. Kevin decides to call the tribe and tell them to head to London to start serving their new master, who is as unstable as she is evil.

Scarlett and her husband Herb (Jon Hamm, have devised a plan so cunning and diabolical that nothing can stop them from carrying it out, nothing that is save for the Minions.

The film takes a bit of time to get up to speed but is as charming and funny as you would wish for. The Minions generate plenty of laughs and there are tons of Pop Culture gags that fill the entire film.

For me the 3D animation was a nice touch and really added to the enjoyment of seeing the lovable characters in action and the new cast members did a great job adding to the lore of the Minions.

The film moves along at a steady pace and keeps the laughs coming throughout. With “Despicable Me 3” due in 2017, it is not out of the realm that we could see more solo minion outings in the future. This is a move that would bring plenty of smiles, as there is much to like about this film.

4 stars out of 5

Review by Barnetty Kushner

It was only a matter of time a movie would be made with those cute, fun
loving characters from the highly successful Despicable Me franchise.
Throughout their lives, the Minions single purpose for existence is to
serve an evil villain master. This film takes place before the Gru-era
with a brief history lesson of the various henchmen positions the Minions
have taken on; from the dawn of dinosaurs as T-Rex’s right hand men to
tyrants, dictators, and Dracula.

The plot begins with the Minions finding themselves depressed and unhappy
without a master, living in isolation in Antarctica. A brave trio of
Minions, Kevin, Bob, and Stuart, embark on an adventure to find the meanest
and nastiest overlord. Their journey takes them to Orlando, where they
attend Villian-Con, and meet Scarlett Overkill (Sandra Bullock), the
world’s greatest and first female villain. Eager to pledge their
allegiance to their new master and her husband, Herb(Michael Keaton), who
invents all their evil gadgets and weapons, the trio’s first assignment is
to steal the Crown Jewels from Queen Elizabeth II (Jennifer Saunders).

This film is more slapstick comedy and less heart; which is what we’ve
become more accustom to with the first two Despicable Me movies. It’s no
surprise the Minions are very dimwitted and lack stealth, but I had no idea
they spoke various languages. Their meek dialect involved words from
English, French, Italian, and Spanish. Something I never noticed from the
first two installments. Regardless of the uninspiring storyline, it’s
still very lively, colourful, and will tickle your funny bone. Kids will
love it, parents will tolerate it, but don’t expect much in the way of an
emotional connection or a better understanding of Minion gibberish.

2.5 of 5 stars

About the Author

Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”. He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show. He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.

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