Minions is a prequel to the Despicable Me films, showing us what the Minions - the pill-shaped Gru companions - actually originated from, and that they always felt their drive in life was to serve an evil leader. Finding one was easy. Keeping one was not. The Minions were basically what turned the earth - and the cannons - upside down, so for years they've lived in a cave waiting for the time where their new master may show up. While that unrealistically goes by billions of years, I don't think the timelines here are the same as the ones in the real alternate non-animated Earth. Unlike Frozen, where it was basically fact that Elsa had nothing to eat, it's true the Minions may've been in an ice cave, but there had to be something like penguin meat. Whatever. Cucumber-shaped minion Kevin decides he's had enough waiting and goes out to see if they can find a new master for themselves and all the Minions (otherwise, what are they good for?) in New York, the year before my parents were born: 68.
So either I never noticed it in the last two films, or the creators just put it in here, but the Minion gibberish is actually sometimes readable; I recognized some French, Spanish and my friends noticed some Japanese. Isn't that cool? But maybe I think it's cool how they talk this time because I didn't enjoy the last two Despicable Me's enough to recommend, and this is the one where Illumination Entertainment finally got it right; this is polar bears better than the other two. It was a pretty nice idea to only have three minions to lead the story but several others in contact with; it gives the Despicable Me franchise some new main heroes that this time don't have any slow motion scenes. My favourite scene had to be the one where we get a tiny road trip with Ma Barker, uh, I mean Allison Janney and her tubuloso, ahem! bank robbing family. Honestly, these films indirectly talk and mock supervillains and for the first time ever there's a police chase, and a rather good one? I just wish there was more time with this family, they rocked slightly better than Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm's characters, Scarlet Overkill and her wife Herb. Scarlet was fun to watch and was interestingly muscle-bound without the muscles. I think it's funny how she wants her hair exactly how she drew it of herself when she was six but not very funny and understandable how she's just...an evil brat. But Sandra Bullock gives one of the best voice-over performances of the year.
This time, I think as promised, the Minions were probably the best part of the movie, mostly when they are using gadgets and getting in all these clever camera shots and this growth scene where echo physics are used and I don't think I'd ever seen it done in a movie before. Also, they weren't really too annoying. Not even during their handmade Universal album nor this "Goodbye Rat" song, which got close to annoying. Not only that, the ending will probably make you stand up more swiftly than most other movies this year.
Basically, this movie really swings from B+ to A- the more I think about it. It has some missed opportunities with the human characters, the very likeable ones not in the picture for long enough and the disappointing ones a little too disappointing. And maybe just the occasional "King Bob." But mix it with the action scenes that are better than the last two films, three main Minions that are decent enough replacements and are just differentiated enough to have a personality of their own, a surprise at the end, and downright how impressed I was from my low expectations, and it's a B+ if I can hold a grudge. A- the more I think about how much I enjoyed myself. Just give me a few days and I'll pick one. For now, I have my first unsure review!