Minions 3D Blu-ray Review
The real question with a MINIONS movie is do we really need a Minions movie? In their defense, they were the best thing about the DESPICABLE ME movies and they are pretty darn cute. But an entire movie with Minions seems like it would be too much of those little yellow dudes running around saying things I didn’t understand, and although they are hilarious would I really be able to watch an entire movie based on their shenanigans? The answer is yes. Yes, I can watch a movie based on those guys because this movie is much more than minion antics.
MINIONS takes place before our miniature heroes start working for Gru, and actually gives us a little history of all the bad guys the minions worked for until they came upon their potential master, Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock). After the three main minions, Kevin, Stuart and Bob, agree to work for Overkill, they quickly realize that she’s a bit crazier of a villain than they originally signed up for. Through a series of events, they unwittingly derail Scarlet Overkill’s plans and defeat her before they find their final home with the most despicable person they’ve met, Gru.
Surprisingly, the plot for MINIONS was much better than expected. It’s a risk to make a film based on a popular character, because sometimes no matter how charismatic and lovable the character is (see Jack Sparrow from the PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN franchise) it has the potential to fall flat due to lack of story line or character overload. In MINIONS though, the audience was given the backstory of the minions and grew to appreciate their motives and quirky nature even though they worked for the bad guys. It’s hard not to love a group of tiny, yellow creatures who unintentionally eliminate their bosses by just trying lend a helping hand and then end up depressed because they can’t help anyone with their evil plots.
Now, although the plot was decent, it was still a bit too long. MINIONS has a runtime of 91 minutes and quite frankly, it could have been done at around 81 minutes and been just as good. Let’s keep in mind though that I’m not really the target audience for this type of film. For the age range that MINIONS is for, the length is probably fine. I personally could have done without some of the extra fluff that was put in for extra laughs, but again, I imagine the younger audiences will appreciate some of the slapstick humor.
All in all, MINIONS is a cute film that has just enough going for it to keep the adults interested if the kids choose to put this one on repeat. And as much as I hate to admit it, whenever the Minions break out into song with their ridiculous voices, I can’t help but laugh. I’m not sure this is good enough to merit the inevitable sequel, but it’s better than it should have been.
MINIONS 3D BLU-RAY REVIEW
The 3D effects were fine in this movie, but nothing really fun or special until the end credits. This is another instance where the filmmakers really missed a chance to utilize the 3D format. That said, this is a modern animated film, so the 3D depth really does stand out. But the lack of “pop” might make it tough for younger viewers.
Video: MINIONS looks incredible on 2D Blu-ray.
Audio: The audio was fine.
Mini-Movies: Included in the film are three short films: CroMinion (4:46), Competition (3:45) and Binky Nelson Unpacified (4:35). These are all cute and worth watching.
Deleted Scenes (:28) Honestly, not sure why this was included, but deleted scenes should always be watched.
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Behind the Goggles – The Illumination Story of The Minions: This is a little “headquarters” area that has five featurettes that include: Writers (3:37) featuring writer Brian Lynch who talks about his characters, The Boss’ Office (4:48) Illumination Founder and Producer Chris Meledandri discusses the progression of the franchise, Art Dept (3:31) Character Designer Eric Guillon, Art Director Oliver Adam and Writer Brian Lynch talk about how the minions were designed and have changed over time, Recording Studio (2:46) Composer Heitor Pereira, Producer Janet Healy, Producer Chris Meledandri, and Directors Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin talk about the music in the film, and finally The Break Room which is just a collection of stills and such.
Jingle Bells Minions Style (1:53): The must watch feature in the entire collection.