Gru-ing pains

Minions: The Rise Of Gru (U, 88 minutes)

Minions were the secret weapon of Despicable Me when the franchise was launched in 2010. Now 12 years down the line they are most definitely the stars of the show.

These tiny henchmen, whose villainy never graduates above mischief or rank incompetence have become so popular that even with the welcome return of their illustrious leader, not even the great Steve Carell can outdo them because they get all the best lines, even if those lines are mostly gibberish with the odd random recognisable word thrown in.

In 1976, young schoolboy Gru has aspirations to be a supervillain, but when an audition to join his heroes, the Tarantino-esque Vicious 6, goes disastrously wrong, Gru and the Minions go on the run with the Vicious 6 hot on their tails as he has made off with their Zodiac Stones, which were set to give them ultimate power.

With a large cast of guest voices from Dame Julie Andrews as Marelna Gru to Michelle Yeoh, Jean Clause Van Damme (as Jean Clawed, a guy with a massive lobster claw for a hand), Russell Brand, returning as Dr Nefario, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo and Lucy Lawless (Nunchuck – yes a nun using nunchakus), the story moves along nicely, regardless of how ridiculous it is, but it’s the simple stupidity of the little yellow army that makes it all worthwhile.

Their appeal is ageless because it appeals to the immaturity in us all.

Sometimes we just need a bit of silliness in our lives and Minions are able to do it with a sound or one word.

But that said, this should probably mark the sell by date for Kevin and his friends.

Ba-na-naaaaa!

RATING: 7/10

Mick Ferris

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