Film Review: Minions

by Evan Brown

Rated PG. Starring Sandra Bullock, John Hamm. Directed by Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda.

“Respect, Power, Banana!”

Remember when you were a little kid and your parents asked you what a Pokemon was? You would roll your eyes and silently pray that you would never be so (pop) culturally out of touch when you get to their age. And now as the years go by time has slowly turned the tables, my Gameboy (Colour, not that 3DS contraption) along with Pokemon Red and Blue are sitting at the bottom of the toy box at mum and dad’s place collecting dust and time has brought a new phenomenon to confuse me and make me feel old and outdated: Minions!

These adorable little yellow Tic-Tacs with legs and arms have charmed the world with their naivety and inability to speak English. They have charmed the world so much that after Despicable Me 1 and 2 Universal Studios decided to give them their own spin-off summer blockbuster – Minions.

In the opening credits the audience is given a quick rundown (by the narration of Geoffrey Rush) of how Minions have existed since the beginning of time and have always aspired to find and serve the biggest, baddest apex predator around.

This goal never seems to work out for the little fellas as they are not the brightest bananas in the bunch and always seem to accidentally kill whomever they are serving. Fast-forward to 1968 and we find the Minions depressed and subdued with no evil master to serve. Minions Kevin, Bob and Stuart have decided to save the Minion race by embarking on the all-important mission of finding a new evil master to serve. Kevin, Bob and Stuart’s quest finds them at Villain Con (like Comic-Con but with more evil) and discover Scarlet Overkill (Bullock), the worst villain (or villainess?) on the planet. She is the perfect find for the Minions however Kevin, Bob and Stuart must complete different tasks in order for Scarlet to accept their patronage.

Luck and good fortune have never been attributes of the Minion race and we see hilarious calamity after calamity as Kevin, Bob and Stuart try time and time again to prove their worth to their beloved new master. But no matter how hard they try, our little Minions always seem to fall short of their master’s approval.

Christians can relate to this theme of falling short of our master’s approval. There is nothing we can do, no act great enough for us to enable a relationship with God. As much as we try there is nothing we can do ourselves to attain this approval.

Paul tells us in Romans 3:23-24 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus”. It is by God’s grace we have been saved through the gift of Christ Jesus and not from by our own works (Eph 2:8)

Jesus tells us that he is the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but through him (Jn 14:6). It is through Jesus that we can have God’s approval and are able to have a relationship with him.

Minions is incredibly cute and entertaining with (what seems like) a never-ending series of comical and hilarious events. There is enough slapstick humour to keep my three-year-old nephew entertained and enough of a plotline to keep myself from reaching for my Gameboy Colour.

I’m giving Minions four out of five bananas – I mean – stars.

Minions is screening now in cinemas everywhere.

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