Review: “Minions” is a perfect example of too much of a good thing

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After playing sidekicks and stealing the show in the first two “Despicable Me” films, the Minions get their own feature length film that is sure to entertain, but not much else.

Despicable Me” became a surprise animated hit in 2010 not only because of its cartoonish and zany style, but because of its memorable characters. Gru was a fun villain to root for and the three orphan children gave the film plenty of heart to balance with all of the shenanigans. In the background of all of that were the Minions who came in and served one purpose: be funny and sell merchandise.

Well that seems to have worked because not only were they crucial to the marketing and plot of “Despicable Me 2,” it was announced they would have their very own film. While I am a big fan of the Minions (I am proud owner of a Minion shirt), even I was skeptical that they could carry their own film.

That being said the trailer of the film sold me and I was ready to follow the adventures of these yellow, pill shaped beings as they looked for an evil master to please. The film itself only goes slightly deeper as three Minions (merchandise ready Staurt, Bob, and Kevin) venture out on their own to look for their group’s new villain to serve. They meet Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock) who tasks with stealing the Queen of England’s crown and in return will let them be her evil minions.

What works best in “Minions” is the fast paced humor and gags. If you thought the other “Despicable Me” films were cartoony, they do not hold a candle to the goofiness of this film. The amount of jokes in every minute is incredible, and while they do not all work, most of them stick and are laugh out loud funny.

Viewers should be prepared for a film that is literally all Minions all of the time, which can be exhausting after a while. While they are perfectly featured as comedic sidekicks in the first two films, they are essentially all of the comedy in this 91 minute film. It will wear anyone over the age of 5 out.

In the end, it is appropriate that one of the main characters is named Overkill because that is what this film feels like; this seems like a great idea and will definitely be a box office smash, but the film itself is just average. There are countless gags a minute, and although that will be great for children, it leaves adult viewers wanting more out of their experience. In other words, it comes nowhere close in accomplishing what “Inside Out” did earlier this summer.