Yes it can be done. But is such an endeavor any good?
First of all, let me say this: I came out of watching Minions this weekend past weekend rather entertained. Of course the bar was set pretty low. I mean, we’re talking about spending 90 minutes with a humanoid Twinkies who speak in a language of weird noises. Also the last movie I saw was Terminator Genysis. So yeah, the bar was pretty low indeed.
- Most of the action is set in 1968 and the soundtrack is perfect for the era. If you’re stuck taking your kids and not quite getting what the deal is with these strange yellow dudes, just kick back and enjoy the tunes.
- The focus is on 3 particular Minions: Kevin, Stuart & Bob. And we actually come to care about these strange little dudes and begin to identify with them as individuals, a neat trick to pull off with characters who communicate with random sounds and noises.
- I want to see more of the bank robbing family that Kevin, Stuart & Bob meet early in the movie. Headed up by a mom and dad voiced by Allison Janney & Michael Keaton, this is a gonzo group that straddles 1960’s white middle class suburbia and a wild lifestyle of robbing banks.
She’s an insane, psychotic, over the top criminal crazy. Sandra Bullock voices Scarlet who swings from sweet to sociopath with alarming fluidity.
There are some points that waffle between “kinda funny” and “meh”. A lot of action takes place in England and yes, we get it, the English like to drink tea. It’s a recurring gag that elicits a mild chuckle early on but doesn’t get any funnier. And the climax of the film gives in to “the bigger the spectacle, the better” action finale that plagues most summer films, including a Minion increased to massive size and a nuclear explosion.
Well, that's all for me. I'll be back with another post tomorrow. In the meantime, remember to...