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Movie Review: Minions – Time Pass Slapstick 


Minions Review
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Pierre Coffin, Steve Coogan, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney,  Michael Keaton,Geoffrey Rush, Jennifer Saunders, Steve Carell
Directors: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda
Minions is  a computer-animated comedy  prequel to the Despicable Me franchise about an evil genius and his pill-shaped,saucer-eyed yellow henchmen (comically subversive versions of Satan and his sidekicks) brightly coloured and laden with music, the movie  is paisa vasool time pass slapstick. Small children may find some of the scenes distressing but teens and adults will enjoy the music and deciphering minionese’ (I did) a mish mash of  gibberish and words from languages like Spanish, French, Swahili and I thought I even heard Marathi!
Psychologists say that we long for someone to tell is what to do and in this self-titled  spinoff, the titulat anti-heroes find themselves without a master to serve. Then,  three minions named Kevin, Stuart and Bob, Kevin sally forth to find a new evil boss for the fellows who are marooned in Antartica to follow. While the fellows  traverse the globe from Australia to India, the US and eventually the UK in pursuit of  Kevin,Stuart and Bob, the trio which has already teamed up with Scarlet (Bullock) overkill, and her husband Herb (dishy Jon Hamm of Mad Men fame) in London after hitching a ride with Madge (Allison Janney, Juno) and Walter (Michael Keaton, Birdman) Nelson to a villain convention in Florida.

Scarlet wants to usurp the British throne from the Queen of England (Jennifer Saunders, Coraline) and to steal the crown jewels, the Minions depart. The zany finale includes a vast array of baddies (a chainsaw-wielder,mafia types and so on) Didn’t I say kiddies might get alarmed?