Sadly, this movie just barely gets 1.5 Icees. I fondly remember the first movie and how funny it was, and how original the minions were. It was one of my favorite cartoon movies. Then the second one came out and it was, “okay”. Then the Minion movie came out and it just wasn’t that funny at all. Now, I think that this franchise has really jumped the shark with this recent addition. I mean… it’s bad when you think the villian of the movie is better than any of the other characters, to include the minions. Speaking of the minions, they had their own little side-plot going on, which in concept could work, but it just wasn’t funny at any point. Throw in my pet peeve about a trailer scene not being in the movie and it just adds up to total disappointment.
As I sit here writing this, I think that I should fill up a prerequisite amount of space talking about the movie. Unfortunately, I think I pretty well summed it up in the first paragraph, but I’ll try. I mean after all, you took the time to come to this site to read the review, so the least I can do it try to give you something worth reading. Never let it be said that I don’t do the least that I can do! Sadly, that little joke was about as funny as anything you’ll see in this movie.
Happily married Dru and Lucy undergo a career crisis and Gru is tempted by a long-lost relative to go back to crime. Meanwhile, Lucy is struggling with being a stepmom. Okay, that sounds like a premise that could be promising! Throw in the minions being thrown in jail and this sounds like one of the best movies of the summer, doesn’t it? Yeahhhh, not so much. The long-lost relative story is ok but isn’t built up into a funny conclusion. If you saw any trailer for this movie you’ve seen the best punchline from this part of the story (aka hair). Lucy’s storyline was probably the most interesting but doesn’t go nearly as far as it could or should. And the minion? Well, they were thrown in jail without trial (which could have been hilarious), took over the jail somehow (which was never shown or explained… another lost opportunity), and then escape so easily that the warden should be fired on the spot.
I sat in the theater with plenty of kids and they only chuckled a bit throughout the entire film. Therefore my recommendation is to wait until this comes out on Redbox and then make your kids spend their allowance on it (because you sure don’t want to spend your money on it). There is a little cartoon bit during the first part of the credits but nothing worth sticking around for.