Friday, 22 June 2018

Gru’s little helpers are the stars at last

THE loveable sidekicks of supervillain Gru in the first two Despicable Me films proved hugely popular

THE loveable sidekicks of supervillain Gru in the first two Despicable Me films proved hugely popular with adults and children alike.

It’s no surprise then that his Minions get their own dedicated film in a comedy spin-off of the same name.

The story of the Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, they evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters.

Having failed to hold on to these masters — from Tyrannosaurus 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 loveable Bob — ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his fellow Minions to follow.



The trio embark upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Oscar winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first ever female supervillain.

They travel from icy to Sixties New York, ending up in Mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date — saving all of Minionkind from annihilation.

Featuring a soundtrack of hit music from the Sixties, the film is directed by Pierre Coffin, who co-directed the Despicable Me films, and Kyle Balda. Along with Bullock, stars lending their voices to the film include Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan, Jennifer Saunders and Geoffrey Rush.

Given the success of the Despicable Me films, Minions is also likely to be a huge hit with audiences of all ages.

They stole the show in these films and were a source of genuine comedy, rising above the role of ‘support act’ where sidekicks are often relegated alongside their evil masters.

Minions is showing at Henley’s Regal Picturehouse from today (Friday).

Review: David White



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