|Cast overview, first billed only:|
Scarlett Overkill (voice)
Herb Overkill (voice)
Walter Nelson (voice)
Madge Nelson (voice)
Professor Flux / Tower Guard (voice)
The Queen (voice)
The Minions (voice)
Plot Since the dawn of time, the Minions have served the biggest bads that they can find, and now, in the 1960’s have they finally found the most evil villain of all time to follow?
Well, this’ll teach me.
I went into this film expecting a cheap money grab, a basic Hollywood knock-off sequel featuring those inexplicably popular pill looking Minions from the mediocre Despicable me franchise.
Except, I barely stopped chuckling once. If it wasn’t for Shaun the Sheep Movie I would probably give it my (highly) prestigious Best Film For Little Ankle Biters Award.
Because it’s funny. It’s inventive, a lot of care has gone into creating this film and even characters that are used in crowd scenes for just a second or two get their own unique look. Hell, I wanted some of the characters to get their own little tv episodes explaining what their deal and evil plan was.
Even though this film has fallen into the ‘Dreamworks Voiceover Trap’ of hiring Hollywood stars I don’t think anyone could have done a better job as Scarlett Overkill, the best Bond Villain that never was. Jon Hamm plays her stoner inventor husband Husband with style and Michael Keaton even turns up for some unknown reason. And even though all of the 899 minions are voiced by the same person (Pierre Coffin) they all have unique looks and characteristics. Every time I thought this film had run out of ideas something new and surprising came up.
The soundtrack is awesome as well, the Minions actually get a few songs that are cute, the soundtrack is awesome 60’s pop and i’d say its the best in a film of this type since Guardians of the Galaxy (best soundtrack is still Interstellar though)
So, its funny, inventive, good cast chemistry, music, inventive and i’m looking forward to seeing it again So I just give it a SEE IT NOW rating and write anther entry on how Dredd is an underrated masterpiece and anyone who hasn’t seen it can’t complain about the lack of 15’s and 18’s in the cinema, right?
No, Two quibbles and some nitpicks. One, in the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta can we PLEASE accept that Great Britain isn’t am absolute monarchy any more!?!!?
Also, in one scene the main characters are tortured. True it’s played for laughs and it doesn’t last long but it still felt out of place given the nature of the rest of the film.
Also, the plot doesn’t really seem to work, going in fits and starts with very few characters having a clear objective. (Apart from Scarlett who has a very generic objective)
Also, owing to the language of the Minions, at times this an feel like spending an hour and a half with the Swedish Chef from the Muppets and I was beginning to get a headache by the end of the film.
I feel this would have worked better as a TV show, with the minions drifting from master to master trying in vain to find someone to serve would have worked better than the slightly stretched narrative the we got.
But it was still a hell of a lot better than I was expected.
Rating- See It