The Minions have risen to astonishing heights since Sergio Pablos gave birth to what would become the franchise some 12 years ago – if you’ve lost count, their progeny includes three feature sequels (one coming in two years), two prequels , over a dozen short films , a TV special, video games and the inevitable theme park.
For parents who may be lost (children don’t forget such things), Despicable Me lawfully gave birth to his first offspring, minions, five years ago, and while it’s hard to doubt it was worth the wait (debut was delayed by two years due to Covid), this hippie-era San Francisco sequel offers decent entertainment for about the first hour, before kicking off the welcome earlier. to surpass. Still, it’ll keep kids pretty amused when it opens through Universal on Friday.
Among many other factors that put it in its favor, this is yet another Illumination creation that adults will not only endure, but even enjoy to some degree, thanks in large part to its brutal counter-culture jokes, hilariously tweaked wardrobes, riffs about motorcycle culture and a 1970s soundtrack; At one point, a great villain enters a booth in a record store to restore his self-esteem by listening to Linda Ronstadt’s “You’re No Good.”
But while entertainment like this is amply distributed throughout the film, which is also remarkably well designed and animated, there’s also an increasing sense of running on fumes here, of continuing the exploits of some very rewarding characters just because it makes the financial sense. is worth doing, not because inspiration demands it. There are ultimately just too many story-complicating flip-flops, close calls, frenetic chases, left and right turns inserted to fill just 90 minutes of feature film time.
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All the same, minions goes down without too much discomfort, and the reasonable laugh quotient serves as a focused reminder that comedy has been very scarce on the big screen so far this year.
Since the last time they were seen, the Vicious Six have experienced some disturbances, the latest of which was the ousting of one of their own, Alan Arkin’s Wild Knuckles. This unexpected opening inspires Gru (Steve Carell) to apply for the job – “I want to be a super villain!” he exclaims loudly – but when he is rejected, new strategies must be found.
He retaliates by stealing the gang’s most prized possession, the Zodiac Stone, and is immediately chased by both Wild Knuckles and the gang, which at this diminished point consists of the fortunately named Belle Bottom (Taraji P. Henson), Stronghold (Danny Trejo), Nunchuck (Lucy Lawless), Svengeance (Dolph Lundgren) and Jean-Clauded (Jean-Claude Van Damme).
From now, minions shifts to non-stop action mode and takes it to the heart of the decades-ago San Francisco counterculture. In a decidedly un-soft mood, hippies meet motorcyclists (turning into animals) in a heady climax spiked with a fair amount of site and time-specific humor that’s sure to go over the minds of youngsters, not that it matters with so many other things once the power of the Zodiac Stone is unleashed. Even if it looks like the movie has gone into overdrive and declining returns, you still feel like the smartypants brigade is in control; they just hit doubles instead of home runs.
It almost goes without saying that the visuals are sharp, imaginative and witty, sometimes even more so than the dialogues, not to say that the colorful voice cast doesn’t deliver a top-notch job. Gru will no doubt return for more rounds now that he’s up and running.