Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022)

Title: Minions: The Rise of Gru

Year: 2022

Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy

Runtime: 87 min

Director: Kyle Balda, Brad Ableson, Jonathan del Val

Starring: Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Alan Arkin

6.7/10

In the heart of the 1970s, amidst a flurry of feathered hair and flared jeans, Gru (Steve Carell) is growing up in the suburbs. A fanboy of a supervillain supergroup known as the Vicious 6, Gru hatches a plan to become evil enough to join them. Luckily, he gets some mayhem-making back-up from his loyal followers, the Minions. Together, Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto – a new Minion sporting braces and a desperate need to please – deploy their skills as they and Gru build their first lair, experiment with their first weapons, and pull off their first missions. When the Vicious 6 ousts their leader, legendary fighter Wild Knuckles (Alan Arkin), Gru interviews to become their newest member. It doesn’t go well (to say the least) and only gets worse after Gru outsmarts them and suddenly finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. On the run, Gru will turn to an unlikely source for guidance, Wild Knuckles, and discover that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.

PREDICTABLE, SIMPLE PLOT WITH A WEAK THIRD ACT

Minions: The Rise of Gru is the first prequel and the first sequel in a spin-off series. Of course, Steve Carell returns together with Pierre Coffin. Alan Arkin and Michelle Yeoh joined the cast as well. Due to the pandemic, the film was first planned to be released in 2020. Things changed and it got delayed. The first marketing showcases this and therefore, it’s the first film that has a 2-year marketing launch between the first announcement and the release of the film.

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The film, directed by Kyle Balda, Brad Abelson, and Jonathan del Val projects the young life of Gru on becoming a supervillain. The film follows a twelve-year-old Gru in 1976, who steals a jade amulet from a supervillain crew and the hunt is on, making some minions and boy to an unprecedented adventure. The story is simple and predictable, we’ve seen the story before, and we will see it away. Although the minions are charming despite not understanding everything they’re saying, it’s undeniable that this group of yellow friends are nifty and charming. It’s not any originality behind the story but there are some fun moments and a good lesson along the way.

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We get to see the young Gru’s daily life but nothing more really. How he gets in connection with the minions is the cheap and easy way. It’s a story that doesn’t even have ninety minutes. There are some cool beats combined with musical moments. But there’s not anything that comprehends something bigger or even meaningful. The two-third part of the film is enjoyable but the end part is with the magic and the Chinese New Year celebration. It’s a very average, mediocre film that doesn’t bring anything impressive. It’s the animation that is this product from Illumination’s top tier. It’s not revolutionary in its layout but it’s by a design that we can easily recognize and accept. Many animated projects have a multi-layered story but not this. It’s kid-friendly and funny at its places. Children will enjoy it for sure with its fart and butt joke. In conclusion, this is another film forced by the studios in a move that going to extend the never-ending franchise.

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