Entertainment·FILM REVIEW

Minions spout gibberish, but movie speaks to kids, says CBC's film critic

The silly sidekicks from the Despicable Me movies are now stars of their own spinoff. CBC's Eli Glasner looks at whether the servants can carry their own feature.

The prequel, and 3rd film in the Despicable Me franchise, digs into the yellow misfits' back story

Minions gets 3 out of 5 stars

7 years ago
Duration 3:06
Despite flaws, kids will 'gobble up' the Despicable Me prequel, says CBC film critic Eli Glasner

The gibberish-spouting sidekicks from the Despicable Me movies are now stars of a family-friendly feature: Minions.

Directed by Pierre Coffin and narrated by King's Speech star Geoffrey Rush, Minions digs into the back story of the adorable, yellow troublemakers.

The prequel, and third film in the Despicable franchise, hinges on Kevin, Bob and Stuart's desperate need to find a despot to be devoted to.

In Minions, the object of their affection is supervillain Scarlet Overkill.

Despicable Me baddie, Gru, and Minions villain, Scarlett Overkill, appear in a composite image taken from the movies' trailers. (Universal Pictures)
Voiced by Sandra Bullock, the evil Jackie-O look-alike in a red dress "is no Gru," says CBC's film critic Eli Glasner, referring to the loveable baddie from earlier films.

"What she lacks is Gru's goodness," Glasner explains, "and his certain neediness that made it OK to root for the wrong side." 

Despite the lacking baddie, the largely interchangeable main characters and mostly mumbo jumbo dialogue, "the kids will gobble it up," he predicts.

"It's a fun way to pass the time as we wait for Gru's return." 

Minions opens in theatres Friday.

Watch Eli's full review in the video above.


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