Despicable Me is a cute movie, with a decent but overdone story about a cold-hearted villain who adopts 3 girls to steal a shrink ray, only for him to fall in love with the girls and turning him into a softie. Not exactly original or as well-done as other films of its ilk, but it had an ace up its sleeve. The minions. These barely understandable jaundiced creatures who are extremely clumsy stole the show and created a huge juggernaut of toys, video games, stickers, food items and et cetera. 3 years later, Despicable Me 2 released, was an even bigger hit but is a lesser movie, mainly due to a bland story (yet again) and a bigger emphasis on the minions, losing the focus of the main characters. 2015 saw the release of our main focus today, Minions, and with the main focus on the Minions and their origin story, will it be great or just a marketing scheme?
Apparently the minions have been around since the beginning of time, serving the most evil creatures and people of their time; everything from the mighty T-Rex to Napoleon, they have been subservient to evil only for them to muck it up and cause great ruin to their reigns. Banished to Antarctica, they finally find peace, but that slowly wanes to total boredom with no one to serve. 3 minions, Kevin, Stuart & Bob are sent to find a new master, where they end up in 1968 New York, during which they stay the night in a department store and watch some TV, unknowingly tuning into a secret signal advertising a villains convention in Orlando, Florida.
There they find their new master, Scarlett Overkill (Sandra Bullock, in her first villainous role) who has plans to steal the crown jewels of England so she can become the new Queen of England. The minions decide to steal the crown, with a minion accidentally becoming the new king. Scarlett plots to steal them for herself, and potentially rule the world. Will the minions stop Scarlett, will they save the world and will the minions hype machine ever stop? After grossing over $330 million here in the US and over a billion dollars worldwide, its gonna trudge on full steam ahead for the foreseeable future.
How did I feel about the film? Eh, its easily the worst Despicable Me film in the franchise, but its not all bad, just very mediocre in the greatest sense of the word. The biggest drawback is the main stars themselves, the minions. The minions work better as side characters due to their lack of character. Yes, they are cute and are unique, but beyond that, do they serve any purpose beyond laughs?
The story is bland, the characters are poorly developed, the humor isn't up to par (even for a kids film) and the whole affair screams "cash grab" with the smallest iota of effort brought forth for the movie. At least the animation is nice and colorful, the film moves along at a nice clip to prevent boredom, but this is not one worth owning without kids in the house. Even then, I recommend something else entirely better than Minions.
Luckily the PQ/AQ doesn't suffer the same fate as the movie as this is a high quality digital-to-digital transfer. The image is sharp, colorful and very detailed and is demo-worthy on a nice OLED TV. The 3D is just as detailed and colorful, with plenty of depth and some nice pop-out moments that add to the fun and is also worthy of demo-ing. The AQ is also worthy of praise, with the Dolby Atmos (7.1 Dolby TruHD core) that is excellent in every sense.
Extras are surprisingly limp though with the main feature is the 3 mini-Minion movies (Also in 3D disc, but only in 2D), which are cute but nothing more. Also included is a deleted scene, an interactive map that contains several featurettes and photos, a 5-part featurette about the making the movie, a Jingle Bells minion remix video and a preview for The Secret Life of Pets, all in HD. A DVD and a digital HD copy is also included, topping off a pretty but shallow set.
Overall, a mediocre movie with mediocre extras but excellent specs and terrific 3D, its worth it for demo purposes but nothing more.