They’re baccckkkkkk! The Minions return in this prequel set in the 1970s. We’re talking the whole ’70s vibe here – retro art and decor, disco tunes and colourful costumes and characters! As the title suggests, we join a young Gru (Steve Carell), 12 years young to be exact, on his journey to try and join a group of supervillains – The Vicious 6.
The Vicious 6 have ousted their leader, Wild Knuckles (Alan Arkin) and have (presumably) advertised the available spot, to which Gru lands himself an interview. The interview goes terribly in true Gru and Minion fashion, and what ensues is a fun story about a supervillain learning the value of a little help from his friends.
I was extremely impressed with the animation of this fifth instalment in the Minions franchise, especially the backdrops of each scene. A good chunk of the film is set in San Francisco, and the city looks almost real. The Minions themselves were on point, and there were quite a few Easter eggs relating to films that have also been released by Universal Pictures – two things that will always score points with me.
Actor Steve Carell shines as the voice of Gru, and Alan Arkin is amazing as the new addition, Wild Knuckles. Although this instalment was not as funny as the previous outings, it was well-paced and will make a fun ride for the family these school holidays.
Overall, I am happy to report that the series delivers stunning animation, fun easter eggs for movie lovers, and great voice work from a huge line-up of talent, including Steve Carell as Gru. The Minions themselves are once again lovable and on point. It’s a fun time for families this holiday season, even though this newest instalment lacks layered humour for the adult audience. Certainly a home run for the little ones!