In Review: Minions – Rise of Gru (2022)

 Minions - Rise of Gru (2022) explores how Gru (Steve Carell) came to learn the ways of crime.
Rise of Gru

Synopsis: Minions – Rise of Gru (2022) explores how Gru (Steve Carell) came to learn the ways of crime. We discover all about how a legendary super-villain, Wild Knuckles (Alan Arkin) influenced the future boss of the minions . . .

 

Story

What works so well is the simplicity of the plot, here. There is a typical mcguffin. It’s a stone, imbued with mystical powers. The founder of the Vicious Six (Wild Knuckles) almost gains the stone, only to lose it at the last minute. This is what the central plot focuses on. It’s a standard chase for the all important object. However, once minions Kevin, Stuart and Bob (all voiced by Pierre Coffin) take their detour, the action is fused with the journey that the characters make along the way. There are of course hilarious results, as we see the lovable yellow creatures cause mayhem.

Voices

Some really wonderful stuff, in terms of the voices. As is often the case with animation, great voice work is critical. Pierre Coffin shows supreme talent, by capturing the individual personalities of the various minions so well. The bad guys being voiced by such huge names and iconic voices as Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren raises the game, here. Taraji P Henson is fantastic, too, as Belle Bottom. Once again, Steve Carell really is superb as Gru.

Animation

SciFiPulse reviews shows and films that use different types of animation. Minions – Rise of Gru does a great job, using it. The emotion of the minions is drawn fantastically. The colouring for a film such as this is also an important feature. That is superb. Consequently, you can become easily absorbed into the world of the movie, for the duration it takes for the story to play out. And, there are some brilliant, fun things done that are only really possible in animation.

Overall

Minions – Rise of Gru is a fine example of a film that knows its audience, and delivers. The plot is what’s required, and that keeps things tight. All of the characters have an actual arc, and the new edition, Otto, is wonderful. For kids, there’s a good message about not giving up. Adults can also enjoy the film, and

9.8
In Review: Minions - Rise of Gru (2022)
  • Story
    9.5
  • Voices
    9.7
  • Animation
    9.8
  • Incidental Music
    10.0
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