BEFORE GRU, THEY HAD A HISTORY OF BAD BOSSES.
After two Despicable Me films, we got a spin-off focusing on the lovable minions, their history of supporting villains through the ages and how they ended up in New York City in the 1960s, met a new boss – and then tried to rob Queen Elizabeth II in London. At first, it’s hard to picture a whole movie starring supporting characters whose sole motivation is to serve a larger-than-life villain… but audiences ate it up and the filmmakers serve up a reliably amusing series of ridiculous scenes throughout. The story is for the birds, but the movie as a whole is funny and cute, with Pierre Coffin’s voice work a key advantage.
2015-U.S. Animated. 91 min. Color. Directed by Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda. Voices of Sandra Bullock (Scarlet Overkill), Jon Hamm (Herb Overkill), Pierre Coffin (Minions), Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan… Jennifer Saunders, Steve Carell. Narrated by Geoffrey Rush.