Minions: The Rise of Gru Review: An action-packed origin story

What does it take to become a world famous super villain? Minions: The Rise of Gru, The latest edition of Illumination in the Despicable Me franchise, out this Friday, explores this question and more while tracing the origins of Gru, everyone’s favorite power-hungry supervillain.Steve Carl). Set in the 1970s Minions: The Rise of Gru ranks in between minions and Despicable Me intermittently. The Minions, including Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and a new Minion with braces named Otto (Pierre Sarg) have just responded to Gru’s wanted ad and are now helping their mini-boss build his first basement lair, design his first set of super weapons, and execute his very first super plan. Gru, but he’s ready for the big time. He’s ready to join the Vicious 6, an infamous super-villain supergroup, and he’s pretty sure he’ll have to make this leap alone – without the help of the minions.

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Meanwhile, the Vicious 6 have their leader, Wild Knuckles (Alan Arkin) and host interviews to fill his spot. While they initially invite Gru in for an interview, the group is unfazed when this 11-year-old boy shows up. You don’t need a kid to come along! But just when this infamous crew underestimates Gru, he outwits them and sets the film’s non-stop action heist-adventure in motion. Gru is on the run, the Minions must learn kung fu to save him, and it doesn’t take long for Gru to realize that even the most despicable villains are better off with friends by their side.

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Starting with the original Despicable Me, this franchise has always made its strongest stride when it pairs the wild action sequences and insanely creative weaponry of vicious heists with tender moments of empathic connection. From the start, one of the strongest aspects of Gru’s character has been the fact that his cold, power-hungry heart thaws out for the people who matter most. Whether it’s his eventual adoptive daughters, his loyal Minions, or other villains struggling with loneliness and insecurity, Gru’s superpower has always been connection – proof he deserves the love his mother never seemed interested in . Here, in his origin story, we see this essential core nature of his character in full in a way that goes well with where we know his story is headed in the 2010s Despicable Me.


This film positions Gru as a na├»ve, impressionable, but at the same time wise beyond the years boy at heart, but the film’s lifeblood is a fun, fast-paced plethora of villainous vendettas. Instead of concentrating on one storyline for too long, you reach for the original minions Seemingly a victim of the film, this heist bonanza moves from plot to plot faster than a swarm of moles. This frantic energy keeps the momentum at top speed, constantly leaving us on the edges of our seats wondering when each of these villains, all chasing each other to varying degrees and all desperately trying to achieve their various goals, will collide and what for a mess will then ensue.

As we spend quality time with all of the characters we already know and love in this fun summer episode, Minions: The Rise of Gru also introduces exciting new cast members. In Vicious 6 alone we have Jean Clawed (Jean-Claude Van Damme) armed with a giant robotic claw, nunchuck (Lucy Lawlos), who hides her deadly nun chucks beneath her seemingly pious attire, Svengeance (Dolph Lundgren) a Swedish roller-skate agent of death, Stronghold (Danny Trejo), who has huge hands to fight with, and her insane leader, Belle Bottom (Taraji P Henson) determined to prove that her crew is NOT to be messed with – especially from a young punk. And outside of this crew is Master Chow (Michelle Yeoh), an extremely talented kung fu master who spends her days treating patients as an acupuncturist. The Minions turn to her in times of need, and the lessons she teaches do not disappoint. All of these fun new characters are delightfully inventive and if anything, we can’t spend enough time with them.


But that’s part of the fun of these minions movies. The fast-paced, vaudevillian-style humor makes us laugh, although we never really know what the Minions themselves are saying. This film offers more superficial moments with less developed villains due to the relationships between Gru and his minions that we’re immediately invested in. Gru thinks he’s outgrown those minions – novice henchmen who constantly make his life far more complicated than it ever needed to be. But Gru’s frustration with his minions is the frustration of teamwork, the frustration of working with people who don’t necessarily blindly follow your will, despite chanting their blind devotion to their mini-boss over and over again. Seeing Gru and the Minions’ relationship deepen over the course of this film is an in-depth exploration of what you must or must not sacrifice to reach higher heights and achieve ambitious achievements.


Why are these kids’ movies about world-ruling villains so much fun? Because at their core, they are not about anything evil at all. Minions: The Rise Of Gru, like the other Despicable Me Films, uses the guise of villainy to examine how broken people turn to ambition and validation to make up for all the love missing from their lives. While we may not all be able to identify with or approve of a little boy who hits innocent viewers with cheese or farts an entire movie theater, we can immediately feel compassion for this little boy’s desperate search for validation feel. Gru would like to join a group. be desired. And although his cute minions have already adopted him as their fearless leader, he wants more. He wants better. More reputation. Throughout this film, it’s the exploration of that desperate quest for connection and validation that permeates a goofy animated film about evil supervillains, full of heart. At the end of the day, we see that even the baddest of super villains can benefit from a little cooperation and camaraderie. Minions: The Rise of Gru proves that even the worst of the worst can do better with a little help from their friends.


Valuation: A-

catch Minions: The Rise of Gru in cinemas on Friday 1 July 2022.

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