Minions: The Rise of Gru

I had some expectations going into this film . . . but nothing over the top that actually got me wanting to see it in theaters. I saw the first 20 to 25 minutes of this when I pirated the copy (DON’T DO THIS!) but never got the time to finishing it. So when the second Minion adventure was coming on Netflix, I of course was on it to see it opening week, which I did. And to be honest, I’m glad I didn’t waste my money to go see this in the movie theaters because in all truth and reality after seeing it, it just wasn’t worth it!

Gru is a young child in this movie wanting to do bad things. He gets an invite for an interview from the Vicious 6. During it, he steals their precious artifacts, and soon a wild adventure comes out of it — all of it ending with some silly, animated kid’s fight. As much as the plot was easy and fun for my liking, it just didn’t feel too compelling enough for my actual liking in fact. In the previous Minion movie, I felt like a lot happened, but in this one it just felt like one, long silly adventure with the Minions, Gru, and the Vicious 6. It didn’t feel like it was going anywhere else with the movie!

The comedy and the funny side of the movie lacks for the weak(ish) storyline, but I also felt like it was also lacking in that department. It felt like less humor than the previous Minion movie. This movie in all honesty feel like a Minion, but like 2nd class Minion movie. Everything in the first one was in this one, but it felt weaker. I mean, sure this is a kid’s film and sure it had a whole lot of fun, but this movie lacked in some places where the previous one didn’t. I wish I could say this was as fun as Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, but it seriously isn’t. It never felt like the epic adventure Puss had, nor did it have me laughing my butt off in nearly every scene.

Minions: The Rise of Gru isn’t a disappointing sequel anyhow, it just felt second class to the first one that I’ve seen many, many times. It’s a movie that I could maybe sit down again and see it, but it most likely won’t get me begging to see it in theaters if it ever did return. It’s such a lacking movie in both the fun, and humor department and the storyline that at points it just doesn’t feel like worth watching. But in the end, it’s a good-enough kid’s film that of course you can’t take too serious!


Minions: The Rise of Gru

Director: Kyle Balda, Brad Ableson(Co-Directed), and Jonathan del Val (Co-Directed)

Writers: Matthew Fogel and Brian Lynch

Editors: Claire Dodgson

Executive Producers: Brett Hoffman and Latifa Ouaou

Producers: Janet Healy and Chris Renaud

Cast: Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Alan Arkin, Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, and Russell Brand

Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes

Rated: PG

Releasers: Universal Pictures and Illumination

Released: July 1, 2022

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