ByLuke Robinson, writer at

When it comes to making spin offs in Hollywood, a lot of times they will make you miss the main characters because you think that the supporting players aren't able to hold an entire story by them selves.

Will Bob, Kevin & Stuart find their fellow Minions a new master? Find out in Minions
Will Bob, Kevin & Stuart find their fellow Minions a new master? Find out in Minions

But that's not the case for "Minions".

"Minions" is a prequel and spin off of the "Despicable Me" movies. It follows the origins and the beginning of their work as henchmen before they started working for Gru in Despicable Me. The main plot of the movie is about Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb (Jon Hamm), hatches a plot to take over the world.

Like I said in my introduction, most characters when they get spin offs can't hold up their own movie. This is not the case with the Minions. For most of the first 20 minutes, there is no English speaking dialogue, just Minionese. I thought that was clever because the animators had the chance to be creative with the Minion's actions and humor. Even when the English speaking characters show up, its clear that the animators didn't run out of steam while working on the movie. There is also a lot of impressive action scenes, one in particular is a chase scene in the streets of London with the Minions chasing after the Queen Of England's Carriage to steal her crown. The 3D also works well for the movie, not only does it have great stuff flying out, but it also makes you feel more part of the movie and you might notice the detail on the animation greatly.
The thing that did work about the movie being set in the 1960's that helped the movie is by using 1960's songs, references (TV shows and politicians) that I did think were clever.

I also did think that the voice actors were great, in particular Sandra Bullock as the villainous Scarlet Overkill, who I thought was a pretty threatening villain. Also great in the movie was Jon Hamm as Scarlet's husband Herb Overkill, who's always inventing gadgets and weapons for the Minions and Scarlet to use.


Even thought the Minions were the main focus of the movie, I did feel like some of the voice actors were really underused. Other than Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm who are the main supporting players to the Minions, I felt that Michael Keaton and Allison Janney who voice a married couple of villains who give Kevin, Stuart and Bob a ride to Villain Con, I thought they were going to use them a bit more in the movie, but they just used them in three or four scenes. They were funny scenes, but I wish they used them more.

Other than under using a few voice actors, I thought "Minions" was a really entertaining time for everyone. Not only will children enjoy it, but the adults will as well. The characters were funny, the soundtrack was pretty cool, the animation was great and the 3D really does lend itself.
Overall, I really recommend that you go see Minions because it is really worth you're time.

"Minions" is released in the UK on 26th June 2015 and in the US on July 10th 2015.


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