Animated laugher, following the history of the little minions from Despicable Me. At the dawn of time, starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters - from T. Rex to Napoleon - the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression.

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If you’re reading this, you’re probably too old for Minions. That’s the sad reality of the spin-off from the Despicable Me franchise. The banana-loving Minions have been granted centre stage for a film – a prequel in fact – of their own, and the result is far more kids-only than either of those featuring Gru.... More

There is always a danger in giving a film over entirely to your clown characters. Be it Scrat in the Ice Age series, the Aliens in Toy Story or the penguins in Madagascar, minor characters designed for comic relief are often, by design, one-dimensional in nature. They are loved because they provide an escape from the pathos of the main plot, but that doesn’t mean we want them to have a plot of their own.

Nonetheless that is exactly what we get with Minions. An origin story for the race of lovable yellow evil-doers, then an adventure for three of them that sees ‘em crossing continents, interacting with humans both good and evil and generally running the show.

And really, that’s the problem. Clowns don’t run the circus. Minions don’t run the show. It’s right there in the name.

Younger kids will love Minions. It has all the madcap slapstick action that has made the canary-coloured critters so popular. It has pace and pizazz. And it has a regular use of the word “BA-NA-NA!”

There are also jokes in there for adults, but they are the most obvious, cheapest gags. This is a film that knows its key audience is the same height as its key characters.

It was always easy to say the best thing about the Despicable Me films was the minions. After this, many may reconsider just how vital Gru really was.Hide

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I love these yellow, non-understandable and indestructible tic-tacs! But as a movie on their own. Um... not so much. Sure they're still funny but they lack any real depth to their character. Unfortunately character alone doesn't make a good movie. If your age is in single digits then this is the movie for you.
Meemoo me maa maa kaputoo, Meh!

BY thorinoak superstar

Felt like a elongated short film that should have played at the beginning of one of the Despicable Me movies. Some fun cute parts but overall the story felt a little thin.

Some funny moments for the adults. In the vein of the Penguins, the story line was a little weak, however more enjoyable than the Penguins movie. Four stars because the kids liked it.

BY KTurner superstar

The kids movies these days are just not the same as they use to be! Lion King, Toy Story, Pocahontas... Minions, unfortunately won't be making this animated movie wall of fame. A few laughs here and there and famous voices throughout made for a slightly entertaining 100 minutes. Kids will enjoy, adults not so much.

BY Gaspardation superstar

Let's see how this installment could keep playing its cuteness over and over again...

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The Press Reviews

83% of critics recommend.
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  • The Minions have busted out of the 'Despicable Me' franchise and gone rogue in this berserk slice of slapstick silliness. Full Review

  • A spin-off so busy, witty and all-round entertaining you won't have time to pine for the absent Steve Carell. Full Review

  • Farty, burpy, fall-y over fun tied to a pretty inconsequential plot. Your kids will explode with joy. Full Review

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