Minions (2015)

Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda
Starring: Sandra Bullock as Scarlet Overkill, Jon Hamm as Herb Overkill, Michael Keaton as Walter Nelson, Allison Janney as Madge Nelson, Geoffrey Rush as the Narrator, Steve Carell as Young Gru, Pierre Coffin as The Minions, and other assorted cast

I was recommended to watch this movie because the title characters, so called “Minions” are absolutely adorable, cute, and hilarious. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that was indeed the case. I was thoroughly entertained by a movie that had no subtitles for their Minions’ way of speech, which is an assortment of various words in various languages that for lack of a better term, is merely gibberish. Highly amusing gibberish that manages to convey and let the viewer understand precisely what is occurring on-screen. I was laughing, I was smiling, and I genuinely felt like a kid again. It captured the magic of animation, and remarkably still had heart in its story about finding purpose in one’s life.

It is the story of three minions; Stuart, Kevin, and Bob as they leave their tribe and home in an attempt to find a new boss, a supervillain to which they may lend their expertise and help to. They are recruited as henchmen by the supervillain Scarlet Overkill and her husband, Herb Overkill to help steal the English crown and have Scarlet rule the world. Due to their antics, this severely misfires and somehow Bob is named King. The three only wish to please and through more antics, get Scarlet to be nearly declared Queen of England before stopping her and acquiring the admiration of the people and of Queen Elizabeth. In the final moments of the movie, they come across a young Gru who they decide to follow and declare him as their boss. Gru is a character audiences would know from the Despicable Me series, and is known as the boss of the Minions.

It’s a movie that can be enjoyed regardless of age, and is sure to put a smile on your face. I highly recommend watching it with family or even by yourself; either way, you’ll be sure to have a good time.

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