Minions DVD Review

DVD Review by Clayton Barnett
The Premise
The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's Minions begins 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. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he-alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob-ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), the world's first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind...from annihilation.
The Review
Despicable Me’s favourite yellow creatures get their own outing on the big screen and it’s silly slapstick stuff.
We’re in safe hands here, with Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 director Perrie Coffin looking after his precious minions again (along with co-director Kyle Balda). Coffin is also the voice behind every single one of the 899 minions in the film too, which is an impressive feat.
They provide a pretty funny origin story to Gru’s little helpers (narrated by Geoffrey Rush), and keep things moving along at an entertaining pace. Things do seem a bit odd without Gru, but the minions manage to hold their own for the brisk 90-minute movie.
Sandra Bullock seems to be having great fun voicing the villainous Scarlett Overkill (only her second animated film after The Prince of Egypt) and Jon Hamm is barely recognisable as Overkill’s husband Herb. And the Villain Con the minions attend is full of funny film references and brilliant attention to detail.
But it’s Kevin, Stuart and Bob providing the belly laughs, channeling the three stooges with plenty of pratfalls, slapstick and wacky noises. It can get a bit repetitive at times but Coffin and Balda do fill the movie with great sight gags and my 7-year-old cousin lapped it all up. There’s a hilarious (and maybe slightly scary for young kids) chase sequence where a gang of villains chase the yellow trio.
Of all things the (very expensive) soundtrack will keep adults entertained, with tracks from The Who, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles to name a few.
The Verdict
The slapstick may get a little repetitive, and it’s not in the lofty realms of a Pixar movie, but the minions still hold their own without Gru in a fun and silly solo outing.  

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 28th October 2015
Rating: PG – Contains low level violence
Duration: 91 minutes
Genre:  Animation
Starring: Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm
Director: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me)
The Extras
The first teaser of this film is seen towards the ending credits of Despicable Me 2 (2013), where three minions are auditioning for this film.

Bob has "Heterochromia iridum." His eyes are two different colors.
The film takes time in 1968 and 42 years B.G (Before Gru). If you add 42 years on 1968, it will be 2010, the year Gru and the Minions made their debut in Despicable Me (2010).
The minions are heard saying thank you in different languages. For example, "terima kasih" is thank you in Bahasa Indonesian and "gracias" is thank you in Spanish, while "terima kasih" is the same phrase in Malay.
These three minions were designed to resemble Gru's daughters Margo, Agnes and Edith.
In the first trailer, a minion picks a banana from under a rock. He then says: "C'est Banana, Miam Miam!". In French that translates into: "It's a Banana, Yummy!"
First movie in which Sandra Bullock portrays the villain.