Minions: The Rise of Gru
Derrick Dunn

Derrick Dunn

The Minions & Gru can still bring the funny in Minions: The Rise of Gru

The delightful fictional yellow characters return to the screen in Universal Pictures, Minions: The Rise of Gru from director Kyle Balda. Brian Lynch and Matthew Fogel helm the sequel, a follow-up to the spin-off prequel Minions (2015) and the fifth overall entry in the Despicable Me franchise.

In the heart of the 1970s, amid a flurry of feathered hair and flared jeans, Gru (Steve Carell) is growing up in the suburbs. A fanboy of a supervillain super group known as the Vicious 6, Gru hatches a plan to become evil enough to join them. Luckily, he gets some mayhem-making backup from his loyal followers, the Minions. Together, Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto–a new Minion sporting braces and a desperate need to please–deploy their skills as they and Gru build their first lair, experiment with their first weapons, and pull off their first missions. 

When the Vicious 6 ousts their leader, legendary fighter Wild Knuckles (Alan Arkin), Gru interviews to become their newest member. It does not go well (to say the least), only worsens after Gru outsmarts them, and suddenly finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. On the run, Gru will turn to an unlikely source for guidance, Wild Knuckles himself, and discover that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.

Audiences walking into Minions: The Rise of Gru will already know what to expect from the film. Brian Lynch and Matthew Fogel’s script for the film is fast-paced and delivers the jokes in rapid succession, never allowing the film to overstay its welcome or the characters to become annoying.

Furthermore, the directors keep the finale brief but at the usual pace. The trend of epic battles with multiple endings has made its way into family films, which Gru and his minions, thankfully, refuse to do. On the other hand, chronological classification is something that creative minds refuse to give up. Minions: The Rise of Gru takes place in 1976, and everything with sound, pictures, and words refers to it repeatedly.

While the film does have an impressive voice cast that includes Taraji P. Henson, Michele Yeoh, Lucy Lawless, Jean Claude Van Damme, and Rza, this film is still about Steve Carrell, who successfully embodies a young Gru. The detail put into Vicious 6 was another film highlight that each previously mentioned actor represents.

Enjoy what Minions: The Rise of Gru has to offer. The film is turbulent fun knows how to entertain with lawless joy.


Final Grade: B+

Minions: The Rise of Gru is in theaters now

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