Those hilarious and adorable little yellow minions are back, this time telling the story of their evil boss debut in the prequel to the 2010 animated film despicable Me, Minions: The Rise of Gru,
newest minions The offering begins in 1976 with the supervillain group known as The Vicious 6 getting rid of their leader, the Wild Knuckles (voiced by Alan Arkin), and making a debut on their team.
Young Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), who is only 11 and 3/4, begins his career as a supervisor and applies for the position, desperate to join. Laughed at and mocked by new leader Belle Bottom (voiced by Taraji P. Henson), Gru steals the villain’s newly acquired magic stone to show that he can be both lowly and clever. Unfortunately, one of the minions – Otto – trades the stone for a pet rock, so Gru is forced to head out to retrieve it.
It is early in his quest that Gru has been kidnapped by the savage Knuckles who want the stone and also team up with his former villainous friends to crush him. So, minions Kevin, Stuart and Bob set out to try to save their beloved master, while Otto sets out in search of the stone.
Colourful, zany, and goofy, universal and illuminating Minions: The Rise of Gru The return of the original making formula in the film series is – despicable Me – A catchy, funny and hilarious animated hit. Steve Carell returns in the voice of young Gru, who is a little lovable himself, as he works so hard to become what he knows he’s destined to be… a master villain. Carell once again voices the villainous Gru who really has heart, whether he likes it or not.
The standouts once again are, of course, the Minions (all voiced by Pierre Coffin), this time on a rescue mission to rescue their “mini-boss.” Filled with crazy, chaotic, and sometimes a little more violent action, the minions are a real source of humor and a cause for laughs. Whether they’re being chased by Vicious 6, learning karate to defend themselves, or posing as an airline pilot and learning to fly a plane full of passengers, minions are the lovable and wacky heart of the film.
MPAA rating: PG for some action, violence, and vulgar humor
Release date: July 1, 2022
Running Time: 1 hour 27 minutes
Directed by: Kyle Balda