Movie Premieres: Minions 2: A Villain Is Born Has Fun, Grinds And Some Hype

Movie Premieres: Minions 2: A Villain Is Born Has Fun, Grinds And Some Hype

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Minions 2: a villain is born (Minions: The Rise of GruUnited States, 2022). Address: Kyle Balda, Jonathan del Val and Brad Ableson. Script: Matthew Fogel and Bryan Lynch. Music: Heitor Pereira. Edition: Claire Dodgeson. Cast (original English voices): Steve Carell, Taraji P. Henson, Alan Arkin, Michelle Yeoh, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Lucy Lawless, Danny Trejo, Julie Andrews. Duration: 87 minutes. Distributor: IPU. Qualification: suitable for all public. Our opinion: good

In principle, the astute heads of animation studio Illumination learned a lesson. Minions (2015), the first film to star the diminutive, restless yellow characters revealed in My favorite villain, had shown that by themselves they could not sustain a story with the length of a feature film. At best, they worked (sometimes very well) in short films conceived as sketches to take advantage of the natural grace that these strange beings have for physical comedy and how fun it is to listen to them in that jargon that mixes onomatopoeia with words in French and Italian.

Therefore, this second Minions movie is actually the fourth for Gru, the villain who quickly endeared himself to the fact that in his remarkable first appearance he must face the challenge of becoming a father by force. From then on, he and his shifty yellowish staff never completely lost their ingenuity, but at the same time the justified success of that initial production moved too quickly into a second stage marked by relaxation and routine.

this is how it comes Minions: A Villain Is Born, a prequel with all the letters. Here, Gru is a 12-year-old boy with a family resemblance to the crazy addams who suffers from the daily bullying of his classmates at school and has as his only aspiration for the future to join the largest team of “bad guys” available in 1976, the time in which the action takes place.

There are a few lucid quips in the description of that setting (the San Francisco record store where the villains hide, the references to the premiere of Shark, a crazy plane ride), displayed through the colorful, creative and eye-catching visual palette that characterizes all of the studio’s productions. But the film suggests to us from the start everything we could imagine about Gru’s evolution and the bond he establishes with the Minions, owners of almost all the jokes. Some are downright funny, others very predictable and even unavoidable.

Little Gru is the protagonist of this film

Those lucky enough to access one of the very few screenings in English with subtitles will see how the voices of Alan Arkin, Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, Jean Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren and Lucy Lawless largely build and define their respective characters. Especially the first three: Arkin is Wild Knuckles (Wally Kobra in the dubbed version), the former leader of the gang of villains, betrayed by it in search of a coveted treasure, which he will find in Gru an unexpected sidekick. Henson plays Belle Bottom (Donna Disco), a typical African-American girl from the 70s who is part of the group of bad guys, and Yeoh is the acupuncturist who teaches kung fu to the Minions, a vital fact to justify the explosive (and excessive) final sequence set in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Too much noise and too many fireworks for an adventure that continues to work better in the family sphere and in a rather limited format. The Minions never fail to please and entertain, but some stories are too big for them.

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