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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Minions - Basement Matinee

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Hello and welcome to the Basement...


I was going to talk about Conor McGregor's latest drama... but then I saw that Minions was added to Netflix, and set aside time to watch it.


For those of you who may not know (and at this point, that's probably a very small amount of people), Minions is the prequel to the 'Despicable Me' films, released in 2015 through Universal Pictures.


The plot is that the Minions, the adorable little yellow scamps exist to serve the biggest villain they can find, but after years of being without a leader, Kevin, Bob and Stuart set out for find the 'perfect boss' for their tribe to serve, being drawn to Scarlett Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock) and earning a spot as her pawns in a bid to become Queen of England.
Considering the film had a Box Office return of $1.2 Billion, obviously a lot of you know about it, so I'll go straight into what I think of this movie.... and it's adorably evil... because you know they are doing 'evil', you're rooting for the Minions and they are the villains of the story.

The Minions want to work for bad guys, that's what they live for. However they do have a strange sense of right and wrong, mainly when it applies to who they are serving when things go wrong (in the case of Bob accidentally becoming King, he happily gives the throne to Scarlett) and only through circumstances when they are threaten do they go up against her.
 
Despite having a nearly strange language, The Minions are very expressive and you don't feel loss in the conversations they have with each other. This is thanks in combination to the animators as well as the voice talents of Pierre Coffin. Speaking of voice acting,Bullock does a solid job as Scarlett Overkill, but it's quite clear it's her playing the role, and I feel a more seasoned voice actress could've brought more to the role. On the flip side, Michael Keaton has a smaller role in the film as Walter Nelson, and I didn't know it was him until I saw the credits

Since the movie is set in the 1960s, a huge strength of the movie is the use of songs from that era, I popped when I heard The Spencer Davis Group's 'I'm A Man', plus songs from Donovan, The Turtles, The Kinks, The Who spread out through the film and through the credits sequence with a Revolution of Revolution by the Beatles.

On the whole, I did enjoy the film, but I do see why it has only a 55% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, unlike the first two Despicable Me films, Minions was aimed more so at kids, and for some reason people think that's a bad thing. I don't, I found things about it that I enjoyed. The story flowed nicely, the music kick butt, and there is enough 'did I really see that' moments to justify re-watching it.

But of course these are just my opinions if your opinions on Minions, leave them in the comments section below.