Minions: The Rise of Gru
It is a start of another week and we are starting it with a bang! Straight up, I finished watching an animation film which I was waiting to watch since a long time titled Minions The Rise Of Gru. Minions has always been my favourite go-to animation film whenever I am low. There is a thing about the Minions – they always manage to make you laugh or atleast put a smile on your faces. Their gibberish talks coupled with their goofy actions are the most cheerful things you will ever see on celluloid. It did begin with the Despicable Me franchise before they had a spin off film of their own. I had even purchased a T Shirt to be a part of their pop culture which had the tag – One In A Minion on it. So when Minions The Rise Of Gru was out, I missed out on its theatrical release and so I had to wait a long while for its OTT release. Finally I managed to watch Minions The Rise Of Gru which is in a way a prequel to the franchise. Is it worth your time, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Minions The Rise Of Gru traces the story of a young Gru in his quest to join a group of supervillains. And unwittingly, Gru finds himself in a bit of a pickle. The story is pretty good but I didn’t really sign up here for the story. The screenplay standing at less than 90 minutes makes for a quick watch and that is a good thing as you did not really need to have a character buildup here(you have done it over 2 franchise already).
The drama opens with a little context of the super villains in a fun sequence involving them acquiring a stone. Soon after, a young Gru and his army of Minions are introduced and the fun just starts to kick in. There are hilarious moments in the screenplay which are not only entertaining but also will make you laugh hysterically. There is very little that you could go wrong with the Minions!
The drama unfolds in the form of a cat and mouse chase with multiple subplots centered around the same idea. This is a lot of fun although I wished a little more screentime was given to the supervillains. But the Minions keep you entertained by their goofy antics which might seem silly but would satisfy the little kid inside you so much so that you will be enjoying every moment of it. In between there are a few emotional moments momentarily which are cleverly integrated in the screenplay. The final act also ties all the subplots pretty well although it could have been slightly more fleshed out maybe? But with the Minions, there is always that little bias which I have and so I will let that pass. The screenplay needed to be entertaining and funny and it definitely serves its purpose.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are mostly gibberish for the Minions which strangely enough are hilarious to the core. All other lines are adequate. The BGM compliments the drama pretty well. Illumination is the only major animation studio which has stood up and competed(and competed well) against Disney and here again the animation is top notch! Director Kyle Balda has definitely done a good job here. The focus was never on the story but on the entertaining screenplay and its animation both of which made this film a worthwhile watch. And a large credit goes to the director for it!
The voiceovers are excellent here. Michelle Yeow as the voice of Master Chow is top notch. Alan Arkin as the voice of Wild Knuckles is terrific. Steve Carell as the voice of Gru makes his presence felt. But it is Pierre Coffin as the voice behind the Minions who is an absolute standout. Excellent to say the least!
Minions The Rise Of Gru is the cutest animation film of the year! Soon to be out on Amazon Prime and Highly Recommended!