Scene-stealing sidekicks in the Despicable Me movies, those zany goggle-wearing yellow Minions get their own animated adventure and prove just as kookily cute and funny as on their previous outings.
We first got to know them as the blindly devoted lackeys of Steve Carell’s supervillain Gru, and it turns out that they’ve been in the henchmen game for millennia, attaching themselves to the biggest, baddest, most despicable master of any given era, from Tyrannosaurus Rex to Napoleon.
Singularly inept, however, in keeping their evil bosses in business (the T Rex goes over a cliff and into fiery lava thanks to their bungling), they find themselves languishing in icy exile until a trio of plucky Minions set forth to find a new leader to follow.
Following escapades in 1968 New York and Florida, the threesome get hired by haughty, wasp-waisted baddie Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock), who takes them to Swinging Sixties London to steal the Queen of England’s crown. The Minions’ subsequent adventures don’t stretch the Despicable Me formula particularly far, but there’s still something irresistibly comic about their slapstick pratfalls, the macaronic gibberish they spout and, above all, their blithe bumbling innocence.
Certificate U. Runtime 91 mins. Directors Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda.