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17.06.15Minions – 2015
June 24, 2015
Long before the dawn of civilization, the first Minions walked on Earth.
Minions… Minions have been on this planet, far longer than we have. They all share the same goal. To serve the most despicable master around. Finding a master was easy. Keeping a master… That’s where things got tricky!
What do a T-Rex Dinosaur, a Cro-Magnon caveman, a Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, Count Dracula and Napoleon have in common? The Minions! The cute little yellow creatures have as their sole purpose of existence to serve a Despicable Villain. Despite their… bad intentions, they always manage to drive their master into destruction! Thus, they decide to self-exile to Antarctica. The time passes and their mood goes from bad to worse. They won’t last much longer. Unless… unless they find a new Despicable master to serve. Kevin decides to take matters into his own hands. He will try to find their new… employer. Stuart and Bob will help him.
But then one Minion stepped forward.
Kevin felt pride!
He was going to be the one to find his tribe the biggest, baddest Villain to serve.
Stuart felt… hungry mostly. He was going to be the one to eat this banana.
And Bob… Bob was frightened of the journey ahead.
Our three friends row their boat to New York. It is the ’60s and everyone is listening to Rock music or dresses à la Flower Power. There, they hear of the Villain-Con, a great convention for villains. The news suits them like a glove. They will just go there and choose a Despicable Villain to lead the Minions! Mad scientists, burglars, criminals of all kinds. But the one who will steal their heart is Scarlett Overkill (Sandra Bullock), they ‘ve never seen a Foxy Lady like her! Scarlett, along with Herb (Jon Hamm) her husband, will use the Minions to achieve a bold plan. What will their mission be? To steal the crown of Queen Elizabeth and rule England!
Our impressions and movie review:
We loved the Minions in the movies “Despicable Me” and “Despicable Me 2” and now is the time for their own movie. Gru’s absence is an obvious problem. The Minions are the funny part, but Gru’s character and his paternal role played a significant part in the success of the previous films.
The screenplay evolves in the ’60s. In the movie you will here beautiful oldies songs – either the original recordings or sung by the minions – including songs by Hendrix, Monkeys, Spencer Davis Group, Kinks, The Who and The Beatles. You will see the Minions invading a studio were NASA was faking the landing on the moon, you will see Bob taking the Excalibur out of the rock the held it and many other comical scenes. The way Queen Elizabeth is portrayed – almost iconized – annoyed us a little bit. We understand they want to praise the british movie goers, but they have probably gone over the edge. Sandra Bullock as the villainous protagonist was really interesting. In the movie we also hear Michael Keaton, Jon Hamm, Hiroyuki Sanada and Jennifer Saunders in bigger and small parts and Pierre Coffin gives his voice to the Minions one more time.
The movie Minions is a pleasant animation movie, that is mostly targeting the younger audience. The best movie in the series is “Despicable Me 2” and who knows… maybe in 2017 “Despicable Me 3” will be a good surprice for kids and parents alike.
Minions – 2015 – Trailer
Sandra Bullock – Scarlett Overkill (voice)
Jon Hamm – Herb Overkill (voice)
Michael Keaton – Walter Nelson (voice)
Allison Janney – Madge Nelson (voice)
Steve Coogan – Professor Flux / Tower Guard (voice)
Jennifer Saunders – The Queen (voice)
Geoffrey Rush – Narrator (voice)
Steve Carell – Young Gru (voice)
Pierre Coffin – The Minions (voice)
Katy Mixon – Tina (voice)
Michael Beattie – VNC Announcer / Walter Jr. (voice)
Hiroyuki Sanada – Sumo Villain (voice)
Dave Rosenbaum – Fabrice (voice)
Alex Dowding – Royal Advisor (voice)
Paul Thornley – News Reporter (voice)
Ava Acres – Additional Voices (voice)
Carlos Alazraqui – Additional Voices (voice)
Lori Alan – Additional Voices (voice)
Kyle Balda – Additional Voices (voice)
Daniel Barker – Additional Voices (voice)
Bob Bergen – Additional Voices (voice)
Melanie Bond – Additional Voices (voice)
John Cygan – Additional Voices (voice)
Brian T. Delaney – Additional Voices (voice)
Bill Farmer – Additional Voices (voice)
Keith Ferguson – Additional Voices (voice)
Helen Fraser – Additional Voices (voice)
Jess Harnell – Additional Voices (voice)
Charlie Hayes – Additional Voices (voice)
Ève Karpf – Additional Voices (voice)
John Kassir – Additional Voices (voice)
Sherry Lynn – Additional Voices (voice)
Lewis Macleod – Additional Voices (voice)
Danny Mann – Additional Voices (voice)
Mona Marshall – Additional Voices (voice)
Gary Martin – Additional Voices (voice)
Mickie McGowan – Additional Voices (voice)
Laraine Newman – Additional Voices (voice)
Andy Nyman – Additional Voices (voice)
Jan Rabson – Additional Voices (voice)
Chris Ragland – Additional Voices (voice)
Zachary Alexander Rice – Additional Voices (voice)
Cole Sand – Additional Voices (voice)
Mindy Sterling – Additional Voices (voice)
Tara Strong – Additional Voices (voice)
William Vanderpuye – Additional Voices (voice)
Jim Ward – Additional Voices (voice)
Colette Whitaker – Additional Voices (voice)
James Daniel Wilson – Additional Voices (voice)
Derek Blankenship – Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)
Patrick Bradford – Doorman (uncredited)
Peter Serafinowicz – SheBot (voice) (uncredited)
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