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Minions: The Rise of Gru – Review

Minions: The Rise of Gru achieves its goal of cramming as many gags and Minion mayhem as possible to cater and entertain the young ones. However, as a film it ultimately fails at further cementing this franchise as anything more than a cash grab. 

Minions: The Rise of Gru feels less like a movie but rather a collection of minion based scenes filled with childish gags and antics. Each scene is quick and short which is hurried along throughout the film until its end. The overarching theme of this film is not realised or even stated throughout the film until the very end where Gru mentions teamwork and the minions as his family. It is baffling how the film fails to utilise subtitles when the minions are speaking their language. The viewers are treated to scenes filled with gibberish which only makes sense at the end when the minions say an English word. Steve Carell is once again excellent when it comes to voicing Gru however it is interesting that he didn’t choose to soften his voice to sound more like a child.

Stuart, Kevin and Bob in Minions: The Rise of Gru - Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Visually Minions: The Rise of Gru is good and is typically what we are accustomed to seeing throughout this franchise. Illumination stuck to their guns which shows on screen with vibrant colours and illuminating yellows which makes it visually appealing on the eyes. Heitor Pereira composes the score for this film where he utilises the Despicable Me theme throughout certain scenes, however the rest of the score is largely forgettable. 

Minions: The Rise of Gru is a great way to entertain the kids and a great way for parents to have a nap knowing that they won’t be missing out on much. The inevitable third minions film will sure to be announced and if it is we can expect more of the same antics and gags and no real growth of this franchise. 


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