Minions: The Rise of Gru isn’t going to turn many heads. The film isn’t present any new twist in the “Gru” universe. Some might even say that it sticks to what works, but my response to all of this is, yeah, so. Minions: The Rise of Gru is the answer to that family searching for an outing during the dog days of summer. It’s not going to ruffle any feathers, but it does deliver entertainment for the whole family, which is rare nowadays in theaters. In a jungle full of Superhero movies and Black Phones, Minions are the polar opposite. Director Kyle Balda (who has been at the helm for 3 of these films) has a good handle on delivering what his audiences seek. It’s essentially 50% Gru being Gru, 49% crazy minion moments, and 1% storyline. No one goes to these movies looking for a good story; they want to hear someone scream “King Bob”!!!
Steve Carell is in his element as the voice of a young Gru as we see him become the villain he always wanted to be. I appreciate that the film is set during the 70s, as it certainly opens the door to new avenues of humor. Minions in Bruce Lee outfits? Why not! I will say the one person closest to stealing the show from Carell is Michelle Yeoh, who plays a Kung-Fu master who teaches the Minions how to defend themselves.