Guest Post: Minions Review


Minions are small, yellow creatures who have existed since the beginning of time, and certainly since the beginning of my children’s time. I couldn’t have hoped for three more lovable characters than Stuart, Kevin and Bob – the cute yellow heroes of the new movie out this week, Minions. Uh Oh!

I took my children (ages 7 and 11) to see a preview of the movie last weekend. There has been a lot of build up to the prequel to Despicable Me (2010) and Despicable Me 2 (2013), and I was hopeful it would live up to our expectations.

Needless to say, it did. In the film, narrator Geoffrey Rush takes viewers through the ages, as the minions try to serve history’s most despicable Masters. These include T-Rex, a caveman, an Egyptian pharaoh and Dracula. By 1968 they are all living in Antarctica and their lack of a Master drives them into depression. At this stage one of the Minions – Kevin – comes up with a plan to find a new Master, and also redemption. A rebellious teenager, Stuart, and a young boy named Bob join him on his mission.

The trio is unintentional but will ultimately save the minions! They embark upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential Master, Scarlet Overkill (played by Sandra Bullock), and the world’s first-ever female super-villain. Sandra Bullock as a villain? Who would have thought she’d play an evil character, but I loved her in the role. The trio travels from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending up in London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind…from being destroyed.

The verdict? It’s an educational, time traveling, hilarious adventure. My kids were laughing so hard in their seats that I was glad the film was only 90 minutes. Who wouldn’t laugh just hearing their helium-esque voices? Directors Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda clearly had a good handle on the material, which at times verges on the ridiculous.

The cast also includes the voices of Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton and Allison Janney. Incredible star power, right?

This post was written by guest poster Jacqui Kaplan. Originally born in South Africa, she now lives in New York with her family.

Disclosure: Jacqui and her kids received complimentary admission to the Minions preview as well as swag bags at the screening. As always on The Culture Mom, her opinions are her own.



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