Cartoons took over the helm of physical comedy around the time talkies started with the Disney and Looney Toons short films in the 30s and 40s. Inspired by the early cinematic giants like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, characters like Bugs Bunny and Donald Duck usurped live action films as the primary source of laughter in cinemas. The tradition continues with the hilarious Minions, perhaps the modern comedic par excellence when it comes to good old fashioned slapstick.
I was worried going into the movie. The one thing I really know from the franchise is the famous fart gun. I hate toilet humour, so I was happy to see that the film instead focused on action comedy set pieces. The plot is fairly broad; starting from a wonderful, evolutionary title sequence, we basically move through all of world history to the 1960s, when the Minions are bored in an icy haven, looking for a new master. Three intrepid Minions, Kevin, Bob and Stuart (all voiced by the filmmaker Pierre Coffin) make their way to America where they track down the ubervillian Scarlett Overkill (Sandra Bullock). Scarlett is in need of helping hands to steal what she always wanted, the crown jewels of Britain. The Minions must then help their new boss, in a series of very funny sequences in their plan to grab the crown.
Fun and Funnier
Excellent voice work from a sterling cast of British and American thesps liven up the joyously rambunctious animation. This film is only about the laughs, and while I did feel a few dry spells, there are some montages that will go down as cartoon comedy classics. The fact that Minions is also aware of its place in cinema makes you realize how clever the makers are. They even go as far as singing “Make ‘Em Laugh,” from Singing in the Rain, in the hypercute Minion language. If you don’t want your kids talking like idiots, this may not be the film for your family, as the Minion tongue is infectious. However, if you yourself can have fun being silly once in a while, the Minions are here for you to enjoy!
Minions is showing in Cebu cinemas this weekend June 10-12, 2015.