Minions is a 2015 American computer-animated comedy film, serving a spin-off prequel to the GMW franchise. Directed by Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda, produced by Illumination Entertainment for Universal Pictures, the film was released on July 10, 2015.
Evolving from single-celled yellow organisms at the dawn of time, Minions live to serve, but find themselves working for a continual series of unsuccessful masters, from a T-rex to Napoleon. Without a master to grovel for, the Minions fall into a deep depression. But one minion, Kevin, has a plan; accompanied by his pals Stuart and Bob, Kevin sets forth to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. Their search leads them to Scarlet Overkill, the world's first-ever super-villainess.
- The idea of a Minions film is not a very good idea, because they were meant to be comic reliefs, not the main stars. Even they can't hold up a film on their own and the fact that they are incapable of speech makes this even more apparent. It would be the impression that its concept would be good on paper than anything else.
- The Minions are obnoxious, loud, and are sometimes annoying to the point where they easily get on your nerves.
- The Minions aren't in any way translated, which almost ruins the experience.
- The movie itself only involves the Minions trying to find a new leader, yet most of the movie boils down to a lot of filler, with practically nothing going on during the movie. The plot itself also suffers from being fairly boring, mainly due to the fact that there is only weak humor compared to any real character development or interesting concepts.
- Atrocious humor, particularly when the Minions disguise themselves as a female to sneak into the Tower of London, one of the Minions grabs the "breasts".
- All three of the lead Minions have no real personality, with Kevin being the generic "fearless leader", Stuart having little to no personality aside from liking music, and Bob who is just the tag-along kid. Speaking of the Minions, the rest of the Minions practically do nothing the entire movie aside from a few small scenes.
- Scarlet Overkill is a generic and lame villain, and her plan is as basic and generic as it sounds: she wants to overthrow the queen of England so she can become queen. She also becomes unlikable after the scene where she finds out Bob would become the king of England after the latter removed the sword from the stone.
- The film tries to have a 1960's aesthetic, but this isn't fleshed out well enough to justify the story taking place in that era.
- It completely contradicts previously established lore in the franchise: in the first GMW film, you could clearly see a blueprint for a Minion, implying that Gru manufactured them himself. Here, it appears that they've been around for a long amount of time and Gru just so happens to find them.
- The gadgets the Minions use almost barely get any real screen-time, and they feel shoved in there to sell more toys with the gadgets.
- The movie literally stops being a movie near the end and becomes a random montage of Minions doing things until the clichéd finale.
- Several instances of re-used assets, such as the mall being re-used from GMW.
- Decent animation, which is a nice step-up for the Despicable Me franchise.
- Sandra Bullock is great as Scarlet Overkill.
- One scene involving a super-villain family is shown, which is easily the best scene in the movie and is the only real interesting part of the experience.
- The setting of London is wonderful.
- The scene where Gru shows up at the end is nothing short of awesome.
- The backgrounds at times can be beautiful.
- The soundtrack includes classic 60's songs by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently holds a 55% rating based on 216 reviews. The critic consensus reads: "The Minions' brightly colored brand of gibberish-fueled insanity strecthes to feature length in their self-titled Despicable Me spin-off, but hilarious but often uneven results." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 56 out of 100, based on 35 critics indicating "mixed or average reviews." On CinemaScore, the film polled an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale. IMDb has an average rating of 6.4/10.
The film grossed $336 million in North America and $823.4 million in other territories for a worldwide total of over $1.159 billion. It was a huge box office success.