Movie review: Colorful little henchmen reason enough to catch 'Minions: The Rise of Gru'

Mark Meszoros, The News-Herald (Willoughby, Ohio) on

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“Minions: The Rise of Gru” is directed by Kyle Balda, who helmed “Minions” and 2017’s “Despicable Me 3,” with help from co-directors Brad Ableson (“The Simpsons”) and Jonathan Del Val (“The Secret Life of Pets”). The screenplay is by Mattew Fogel, with Brian Lynch and Fogel sharing credit for the story.

Along with Chris Meledandri — founder of the production company behind the films, Illumination — and others, they’ve shaped another adventure that is constantly entertaining, never more so than when the Minions are being, well, Minion-y.

Early on, after a school career day in which Gru announces to his snickering classmates that he wants to be a supervillain, he and the boys empty out a theater to watch “Jaws,” have a blast playing their own versions of pinball, Pop-A-Shot and Whack-A-Minion, er, Whack-A-Mole and delight in eating ice cream in front of folks on exercise bikes.

“Gru” is a little less successful when it comes to telling a compelling story. Although a sweet moment or two is shared by Gru and Knuckles, the new characters — most noticeably Belle Bottom — aren’t well-developed. That’s one reason why the story told here — as with the previous “Despicable” tales — likely will prove to be pretty forgettable.

Ultimately, the Minion-fueled gags are enough, such as when our fearless trio takes the place of a flight crew and attempts (yikes) to fly a passenger jet to San Francisco. We won’t spoil all the fun, but be aware it is one of at least two instances where you’ll get a peek at bare Minion behind.

Well, with no ifs, ands or buts, we can say this is another clever, weird and, again, entirely Minion-y experience.




2.5 stars (out of 4)

MPAA rating: PG (for some action/violence and rude humor)

Running time: 1:27

How to watch: In theaters Friday


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