BY THE COMMANDER
2-1/2 (out of 4 stars)
The huge success of Despicable Me (2010), a story about an evil mastermind with a soft spot, had some of the greatest henchmen of all time, we all know as the “Minions”. Similar to Willy Wonka's “Oompa Loompas”, but animated, these adorable creatures are the comic relief, who end up stealing the movie. They were such a big success that, when it came time for the sequel, the “Minions” got together and hired the best Hollywood agent (not Ari Gold) who negotiated with the studio and got them their own starring role, in their own movie, including major stars such as John Hamm and Sandra Bullock in supporting roles. They went all-out with a major production, incredible locations, fabulous art design, a sensational soundtrack, wonderful choreography, incredible CGI, special-effects, and of course, it was all shot in 3D.
The only area that they fell short on was the story (rushing to meet a production deadline?). While the Minions are cute to watch, they’re basically a slapstick type of character. So without a good solid story, it became just too much slapstick. The story basically centers around three of the Minions and their constant travels and interactions with one of the supporting characters, ‘Sarah Overkill’. The other Minions are always trying to reconnect to the original three. There's only so far you can go with this premise. Of course, there's a lot of zaniness, a lot of gags, a lot of humor, but the story is kind of flat. It doesn't have the appeal of Despicable Me, that made you want to laugh and cry.
Only during the end credits and the final scene of the movie did the old spark of entertainment (as seen in Despicable Me) return to this film. So for all those people who like leaving the movie as soon as the credits roll, all I can say is don't move a muscle. You'll miss the best part of this movie. It will definitely be a big hit with families, but all I can give it is a 'Beedo' (that's Minion for... Ah heck, just go see the movie).