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Minions:Fast-food for kids

Fast-food for kids

This prequel to the 2010 animated film Despicable Me is the third film of the franchise (the second one being Despicable Me 2). Both the earlier films were liked by kids as well as grownups, almost equally. The success of these first two films relied heavily upon the funny antiques of the characters named Minions. The same fact, incidentally, has inspired the next film.

In Despicable Me, Minions were the henchmen of Gru, a supervillain, and became more popular than the protagonist, ending up starring in spinoff videos and a whole range of branding goodies. You can see them everywhere – TV, posters, hoardings, mugs, t-shirts, toys etc. These gibberish-speaking big-eyed denim-clad cute-little yellow beings are childish freaks who love mischief-making and laughing out loud. And now they have an entire film resting on their shoulders. It, however, seems they were better off as the sidekicks of Gru.

The film Minions (directed by Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin) takes a leap of imagination from the last film as the narrator goes back in time, a long way back; to tell us where actually our little fellas came from. So we learn that they have been on Earth since the beginning of time, actually evolving from single-celled organisms. They only have one motivation in life - to find and serve the most villainous boss of the era. In fact, across ages they've served dinosaurs, Egyptian pharaohs, Dracula and even Napoleon. By 1968, in absence of a worthy master, they started to feel depressed. This is when Kevin, Bob and Stuart (all Minions voiced by Pierre Coffin) decide to travel abroad and find a supervillain whom they can work under. Their trail takes them to New York and finally they’re able to find a job with Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock) - a sassy and enigmatic supervillain, who wants them to steal Queen Elizabeth’s crown. Our three pill-like creatures begin their mission while their talent for bumping into problems continues its winning streak. A lot of kids-humor follows while the plot becomes an excuse to put together goofy slapstick-gags.

This film can be a joyride only for kids below ten years of age while adults will hardly find it an amusing or satisfying tale. It’s unlike animated films such as The Lion King, 1994, and Finding Nemo, 2003, which were rather emotionally powerful family dramas driven by character development. Minions is not about keeping your fingers crossed desperately praying for the hero to win but enjoying silly practical jokes from moment to moment. The animation is slick and detailed, as the core of the humor comes from the gestures of Minions. The screenplay (written by Brian Lynch) is imaginative enough for a kids-flick but not at all ambitious on a thematic level.

Minions, to be frank, confirms Hollywood’s newfound belief in spinning franchise films at regular intervals for no great reasons. On many occasions, it can become a case of pestering the golden goose till the point it gives up and dies.

As an adult having an interest in powerfully crafted animated films, you're likely to get disappointed in Minions. But if you’ve been a fan of the puffy-beans-like characters and can enjoy innocent idiocy, it might have a few moments for you.

   Dinkar Sharma

Dinkar Sharma is a Screenwriter. His first feature film Second Marriage Dot Com was released in 2012. He can be contacted via his Facebook profile:. https://www.facebook.com/imdinkarsharma.

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