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Minions is a 2015 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment for Universal Pictures. It is the spin-off prequel and the third installment overall in the Despicable Me. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, written by Brian Lynch, and produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, the film stars the voices of Coffin (as the Minions, including Kevin, Stuart, and Bob), Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, and Jennifer Saunders, with narration by Geoffrey Rush. The film was first foreshadowed in the end credits of Despicable Me 2, where Kevin, Stuart, and Bob, three of the Minions and the film's main characters, are seen auditioning for the film. Minions had its world premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on June 11, 2015, and was released in the United States on July 10, 2015.
Evolving from single-celled yellow organisms at the dawn of time, Minions live to serve, but find themselves working for a continual series of unsuccessful masters, from a T-rex to Napoleon. Without a master to grovel for, the Minions fall into a deep depression. But one minion, Kevin, has a plan; accompanied by his pals Stuart and Bob, Kevin sets forth to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. Their search leads them to Scarlet Overkill, the world's first-ever super-villainess.
- The idea of a Minions film is not a very good idea, because they were meant to be comic reliefs, not the main stars. Even though they are the most popular characters in the franchise including mini-films, and dominating the soundtrack, as well as having earned the position of official Mascot of both Universal Pictures and Illumination, even they can't hold up a film on their own and the fact that they are incapable of speech makes this even more apparent. It would be the impression that its concept would be good on paper than anything else.
- It's likely the only reason why this film was made was because the Minions became very popular in the Despicable Me franchise as it and was just made to cash in. Illumination likely saw the box office hits of the previous Despicable Me films and tried to milk the series just for money.
- The Minions are obnoxious, loud, and are sometimes annoying and never shut up to the point where they easily get on your nerves.
- Plot hole: When angry at Stuart, Bob and Kevin, Scarlet tapes over their mouths whilst she lectures them. Minions don't have noses. They wouldn't have been able to breathe, yet they showed no ill effects of being starved of oxygen.
- The Minions aren't in any way translated, which almost ruins the experience.
- The movie itself only involves the Minions trying to find a new leader, and yet most of the movie boils down to a lot of filler, with practically nothing going on during the movie, to the point where Scarlet Overkil gets three introductions. The plot itself also suffers from being fairly boring, mainly due to the fact that there is only weak humor compared to any real character development or interesting concepts.
- Atrocious humor, particularly when the Minions disguise themselves as a female to sneak into the Tower of London, one of the Minions grabs the "breasts".
- All three of the lead Minions have no real personality, with Kevin being the generic "fearless leader", Stuart having little to no personality aside from liking music, and Bob who is just the tag-along kid. Speaking of the Minions, the rest of the Minions practically do nothing the entire movie aside from a few small scenes.
- Scarlet Overkill is a generic and lame villain, and her plan is as basic and generic as it sounds: she wants to overthrow the queen of England so she can become queen. Her sudden change from being kind to the Minions into outright wanting to destroy them also feels very forced as it had little to no build-up.
- The film tries to have a 1960's aesthetic, but this isn't fleshed out well enough to justify the story taking place in that era.
- It completely contradicts previously established lore in the franchise; in the first Despicable Me film, you could clearly see a blueprint for a Minion, implying that Gru manufactured them himself. Here, it appears that they've been around for a long amount of time and Gru just so happens to find them.
- The gadgets the Minions use almost barely get any real screen-time, and they feel shoved in there to sell more toys with the gadgets.
- The movie literally stops being a movie near the end and becomes a random montage of Minions doing things until the clichéd finale.
- The movie has too many sub-plots that goes nowhere.
- Several instances of re-used assets, such as the mall being re-used from Despicable Me 2.
- The animation is great, which is a nice step-up for the Despicable Me franchise.
- The setting of London is wonderful.
- The backgrounds at times can be beautiful.
- Sandra Bullock is great as Scarlet Overkill.
- Gru's younger self as seen on Despicable Me 2 does a cameo appearance at the end.
- One scene involving a super-villain family is shown, which is easily the best scene in the movie and is the only real impressive part of the experience.
- The scene where Gru shows up at the end is nothing short of awesome.
- The soundtrack includes classic 60's songs by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
- Some funny moments here and there.
- It really showed the origin of the minions.
- The score by Heitor Pereira is decent.
- At the end of the film when other Minions followed Gru, Bob give a crown from his teddy bear to Scarlet is very heartwarming.
Minions' response was mixed-to-positive reviews from critics, audiences and fans alike: some praised the comedic aspects of the film and the vocal performances of Bullock and Hamm, while also saying they felt that the title characters were not able to carry the film on their own, and that the villains were flatly characterized. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently holds a 55% rating based on 216 reviews. The critic consensus reads: "The Minions' brightly colored brand of gibberish-fueled insanity stretches to feature length in their self-titled Despicable Me spinoff, with uneven but often hilarious results." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 56 out of 100, based on 35 critics indicating "mixed or average reviews." On CinemaScore, the film polled an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale. IMDb has an average rating of 6.4/10.
The film grossed $336 million in North America and $823.4 million in other territories for a worldwide total of over $1.159 billion. It was a huge box office success.
- A sequel called The Rise of Gru will release on July 1, 2022.