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By Dustin Heller

(July 10, 2015) — The adorable, fun-loving Minions from the Despicable Me movies are back, and this time they’ve got their own movie.  Minions is the new 3D computer animated film that serves as a prequel to the Despicable Me franchise.  The film is directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda.

Along with his directing duties, Pierre Coffin also provides the voice work for the Minions.  The rest of the excellent cast consists of Sandra BullockJon HammMichael KeatonAllison JanneySteve Coogan and Geoffrey Rush.  The idea for the standalone Minions movie was first teased in the end credits scene of Despicable Me 2, when three of the minions are auditioning for the film.

The story of the Minions begins at the dawn of time as single cell organisms whose sole purpose in life is to serve the most despicable master they can find.  Through the ages, they serve many masters, but things never seem to completely work out for them.  After spending some time without a master, the Minions get bored and depressed.  This is when Kevin gets the idea to go on a mission to find a new master and save all Minion-kind.  Kevin recruits Bob and Stuart to join him on the journey as they head off from Antarctica to New York City in the 1970s.

Soon after arrival, they see an ad for a super-villain convention in Orlando where they will find their future boss Scarlet Overkill, the world’s first female super-villain.  Kevin, Bob, and Stuart move to London with Scarlet and her smooth-talking husband Herb where they must steal Queen Elisabeth’s royal crown or be executed.  It is now up to three unlikely heroes to pull off the impossible in order to secure a future for all the Minions of the world.

I’m a pretty big fan of the Despicable Me movies, but was a little worried whether or not the Minions would be able to carry their own movie.  My worries were all for naught as the movie is not only cute and funny, but very entertaining for children and adults alike.  The computer animation is absolutely gorgeous and the use of 3D only enhances it.  The first act of the movie serves as the origin and set-up and is by far the best part.

The second and third acts don’t quite live up to the first, but are still entertaining and quite humorous.  With a run time of only one hour and thirty minutes, the movie had no problem at all keeping the attention of the little ones at the screening I attended.  I think we all better get used to the Minions, because I think they are about to take over our children’s hearts, not to mention they have already taken over all of the toy sections at the big retail stores!  Minions is definitely worthy of a trip to the theater to be seen on the big screen and I’d say the extra few bucks for the 3D is well worth it.

Grade:  B+

Minions opens in theaters on Friday, July 10

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