Steve Carell returns as Gru in Minions: The Rise of Gru.
This weekend, from the biggest global animated franchise in history, comes the origin story of how the world’s greatest supervillain first met his iconic Minions. For the fifth time, Steve Carell returns to voice an 11 and 3/4 Gru in the latest Minions film, which all began in 2010’s Despicable Me.
In the ’70s, amid a flurry of feathered hair and flared jeans, Gru is growing up in the suburbs. He is a fanboy of a supervillain supergroup known as the Vicious 6. Gru decides to hatch a plan to become evil enough to join them. Luckily, he gets some mayhem-making backup from his loyal followers, the Minions. Together, Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto deploy their skills as they and Gru build their first lair, experiment with their first weapons, and pull off their first missions.
The infamous supervillain supergroup, the Vicious 6, ousts their leader, the legendary martial arts fighter Wild Knuckles. Gru, their most devoted fanboy, interviews to become their newest member. The Vicious six is not impressed by the diminutive, wannabe villain, but then Gru outsmarts (and enrages) them, and he suddenly finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. With Gru on the run, the Minions attempt to master the art of kung fu to help save him, and Gru discovers that even bad guys need a little help from their friend.
The Minions are impossible not to love.
Each of them has their own personality and brings something special to a phenomenon of a franchise. This despicable me prequel introduces moviegoers to some familiar faces. There are tons of tie-ins. The 70s-era soundtrack for this film is tons of fans and will easily appeal to the adult audience. The jokes are plentiful and target the kids and the parents. The animation style is one of my favorites, and I was impressed with how crisp and sharp the film looked on the big screen. Unfortunately, the film’s latter half starts to spiral downhill as the chuckles begin to disappear. The film’s first half had much stronger writing as the charm began to fade. That is all thanks to the villains that did not bring any value to the movie.
I give Minions: The Rise of Gru 3.5 out of 5 Stars. Even though it is only 1 hour and 27 minutes long, the entertainment and enjoyment do not last the film’s runtime. The film will be in theaters beginning July 1st, 2022.