I live under a rather large rock. I don’t have TV reception and I am horrible with pop culture. I just follow movies, obsessively, and that has only been for the last two years. So in my world, until not long ago (shout out to Cinema Parrot Disco!) I had no idea what the Minions were. I now feel a little foolish, as for once my friends answer ‘yes’ when I talk about the last film I saw (usually until I’m told to shut up). This is not the normal reaction I get. Apparently this movie is a massive deal. But none of this bothers me. Is this a good film to become a child again for 90 minutes while giggling yourself stupid? Well… A thousand times yes!!
I even find the very purpose of their existence to be a funny, somewhat dark joke. They live to serve tyrants. If these guys were people, they’d have served in the S-fucking-S. Which the movie conveniently ignores when going through the Minions’ history, good decision. But hey, they are little, adorable yellow things so its hard to ever picture them in a bad way. They just want to help! Even if it is the SS!
This film is filled with slapstick comedy, which is great for all ages, while there are some great jokes early on for older viewers: my favourite, a giant poster saying “A MAN YOU CAN TRUST”, and under those letters is a giant face of Nixon. Ha!! There is a lot packed in here, but if it has a flaw, and it does, it is the second half. Sandra Bullock sounds like she phoned in her effort – literally – and the humour simply wasn’t as rife as it was during the first half. Did I mention the fact that the soundtrack ROCKS with tracks from The Doors, The Who, The Stones… All the good stuff!
The best thing about Minions is it is achingly funny, the second half still great, but not compared to the first, which is simply a riot. I love the fact that their language can be gibberish, but we can follow what they are saying most of the time. I find it to be an amazing achievement honestly, especially given it is animated. But the truly great thing about this movie is it is 90 minutes of being a child again. Personally this is kind of great for me, as I have zero memories from before I was thirteen. So to watch a movie that truly makes me feel like a child, in the best possible sense, is a damn good experience.