Keith Hughes | @KeithHughes9
WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR "MINIONS."
Run Time: 91 Minutes
Starring: Sandra Bullock as Scarlett Overkill (voice) / Pierre Coffin as The Minions (voice)
Director: Kyle Balda and Pierre Cofffin
Genres: Animation | Comedy | Family
Where did the Minions come from? Why have they decided to dedicate their life to helping Gru carry out his evil plans? This prequel to the first “Despicable Me” answers these questions and gives us an insight into the life’s of some of our favorite minions; Kevin, Bob, and Stuart.
I guess the old saying is true; you never know what you’ve got till it’s gone.
The almost complete absence of Gru just left a huge void in my opinion. I never really thought of him as my favorite “Despicable Me” character. But once he finally made his appearance right at the end I quickly realized what the entire movie had been lacking. But anyway back to the first 87 minutes of this movie.
In the introduction we find presumably Kevin, Bob, and Stuart at the very beginning of their life. They are portrayed as 3 single cell organisms. From the very onset of their existence they immediately begin doing what minions have always done. They seek out the most despicable creature and want to become its…minion (more on this later). So we see these 3 cells following a multi cell organism until it’s eaten by a bigger organism. This takes place several times over the course of an undetermined time. All the while we see the minions alongside their “bosses” evolving from single cell to more complex.
One of my pet peeves is subtle evolutionary (macro-evolution) teaching in children movies. Even though I seriously doubt one child will come away thinking minions evolved just like all the other animals or will that they will start to immediately act like one of their supposed primitive animal ancestors since they are just an animal themselves. But the problem comes from when they see several movies with all the same subtle teachings and slowly become indoctrinated into the idea that molecule to man evolution is an observable fact.
Okay enough of that. Now back to the minions desire to serve the most vile creature. We like the minions are born the same way. Except in our case we are the vilest creatures. Ever since our physical and spiritual death way back in the garden we have been extremely vile/depraved/wicked/despicable in every aspect of our life. Just like the minions we seek things that we think will satisfy our fleshly desires. Also like the minions we start by serving things that may not be that bad but the longer we allow ourselves to indulge in those sins the more perverse they will have to be to quench our ever growing desire for sin. Like many of you I have and still indulge in things that are despicable to our Lord Jesus.
On the other hand we can learn from the devotion the minions had to their cause. We have been made new creations under transforming power of Jesus’ atonement. And our new desire should be solely to glorify Him. Then and only then will our joy made complete.
Overall the movie for me was about 5 out of 10. It was very violent in my opinion for a PG kid’s movie. And the rude humor, though probably not detectable by the younger audience, wasn’t that funny and just wasn’t needed. It had very little in the way of character development. Every character is the same at the end of the movie as in the beginning. Again, the only real emotion you feel is nostalgia when Gru arrives at the very end. Save your money and have a Despicable Me double-feature at home this weekend.
Keith Hughes is the adopted child on the one true King. The husband of a loving wife and the father of two precious girls. He enjoys being able to help people with their spiritual questions, appreciates clever humor, and can be extremely competitive. Feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter at @KeithHughes9.