I was the only person who seemed to be really disappointed with Despicable Me 2. Sure, I haven't seen it since it came out and yes, I have started to like it more as I continue to think about it, but as of this second in time, it was a disappointment. Ask me again in a few weeks when I hopefully get a chance to watch it again and who knows what my answer will be. But despite being disappointed with that film, I was very excited for Minions. The minions, and I'm sure everybody can agree, are the best part of this franchise, and this film was looking good. Was it as good as I hoped it would be? I mean, there's a minion dropping a microphone so it must be good, right?
Minions takes us back to the origins of time. No, seriously. The opening credits are over a hilarious sequence in which we see the minions evolving from a strand of DNA into what we now know them as. For thousands of years they've tried to find a suitable master, but none of them seem to stay. Mainly because they're accidentally murdered by the minions. Yeah, things can get surprisingly dark. We then cut ahead to 1968. The minions get recruited by Scarlett Overkill (Sandra Bullock), whose evil plans involve taking the crown jewels and becoming the queen of England. However, she can't do it alone, and so the minions are sent in to do her dirty work for her, and it can get hysterical.
There's no way that fans of the first two films will be disappointed with this latest installment. While it lacks Gru and his girls, and their presence is sorely missed, Minions is a film that still manages to work. It doesn't hit every comedic beat and there are a few eye roll worthy moments here and there, but as a whole, this film delivers. It's more of the mayhem we've come to expect with these characters, even if all of the best jokes are shown in the trailer. It's still a delight to watch.
Taking the centre stage this time around is Kevin, Stuart and Bob. They're three adorable minions who steal your hight from the moment we meet them, unless of course they'd already stolen your heart, which does seem likely. They're loveable, adorable and at times are reminiscent of small, yellow babies, and I loved that. They each get their time to shine, Kevin having a stand out scene near the very end of the film, but it's Bob who is constantly stealing the show, bringing with him the most adorable of moments.
Unfortunately, Minions isn't all fun and games. The Despicable Me films were new twists on classic plots, and they worked extremely well. When it comes to Minions, it's a classic plot... and nothing else. With the exception of one scene towards the end of the film, Minions follows every plot beat you expect it to, ending just the way I figured it would and having the exact credits scene I was expecting it to have. It adds nothing new to the table, resulting in a disappointingly familiar story.
I've enjoyed this franchise for what it is, despite running into a bit of trouble with the second film, although most seem to disagree. If we could end the franchise here then that would be great. Despicable Me 2 had a happy ending and then Minions had a happy beginning. Sort of. So why keep going? Why not quit while you're ahead? The Despicable Me franchise is one I see myself coming back to in many years time, and it would delight me on no end if this was to be the final film. I've had my fair share of minions, and it's been fun, but I want out before it's too late and this franchise looses its steam, which is very clearly about to happen.
To sum up, Minions follows a very familiar plot and ends just the way you'd expect it to, however, the film itself is still rather entertaining and full of laughs, and the minions are as adorable as ever.