Index Of Minions The Rise Of Gru

Jul 07, 2022 Index

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The latest instalment of the Despicable Me franchise, the second in the series to focus on the exploits of the Minions, doesn’t provide much new. But the Minions’ trademark absurdity, the madcap, looney-tunes energy, the huge, wet raspberry thrown in the face of elegance, has always been their strong suit. The bean-shaped evil-groupies provide a concentrated blast of irrepressible goofball gibberish in Minions: The Rise of Gru.

The film unfolds in a luridly psychedelic rendition of the late 1970s, loosely following the 2010 first Minions feature as an extended origin narrative for Gru and his banana-hued acolytes. The Vicious 6, a gang that comprises disco lady Belle Bottom (Taraji P Henson), a rollerskating Swede named Svengeance (Dolph Lundgren), and martial arts holy woman Nun-Chuck (Lucy Lawless), a one-joke character who nevertheless manages to produce plenty of laughs, are the coolest villains on the block.

When the Vicious 6 depose their leader, a crusty old biker named Wild Knuckles (Alan Arkin), 12-year-old Gru (Steve Carell) sees an opening and auditions. The try-out doesn’t go as planned, but Gru’s developing supervillain instincts kick in and he out-bad-guys the bad men. The approach of the picture is a near-constant assault of sight gags, puns, and effervescent cartoon violence; the result is tiresome but incredibly entertaining.

Minions: The Rise of Gru has an electrifying flair that is rooted in its 1970s period. The entire film is oozing in luscious and funky colours from the very first frame. However, it is not a stylistic choice that lasts the entire film. The opening made a very clear decision, but as the aperture closes, all of those unique flares are gone. So much so that I assumed there must have been a significant time jump. There wasn’t, but the picture decided to revert to being an average Illumination film, devoid of anything visually interesting or unique.

However, just because it isn’t completely unique doesn’t mean it lacks redeeming features. The contrast between the harsh edges of the Despicable Me villain look and the typical overly-round Illumination animation technique is as stunning as ever. The utilisation of appropriate locales, such as San Francisco, allows the action to make full advantage of those meandering hilly slopes.

The film’s portrayal of a smaller and less-legitimized Gru (Steve Carrell) is also quite nicely done. Little idiosyncrasies like the shortened secret lab and the basic device are fantastic. They did an excellent job of creating a tale in an era that I wanted to witness, but there’s always ONE THING that comes in the way of the film’s complete success.

The animation style and aesthetics are all on spot (as I said), the action sequences are great, and the story is captivating in the film’s opening moments. But then the Minions show up, and everything comes to a standstill.

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The plot follows a famous villain team, The Vicious Six, who are looking for a new member. Gru, ever the ambitious little evil hopeful, submits his application. He goes to an interview, but he is unfortunately turned down. In an unexpected change of events, Gru partners up with the ex-leader of the Vicious Six and his personal idol (Alan Arkin) to steal the mystical MacGuffin before the Vicious Six do.

It’s a gripping story, and even at its weakest points, it’s good enough to stand on its own. It gives Gru and the other interesting villain characters a chance to stretch their legs. Gru gets to play a joyful, attractive, charismatic small person with tremendous desires and objectives. Even the other villains in the film have their comedic and tragic moments.

But then the Minions appear on the screen like a hurricane that I hope would simply go away. The film is frequently sidetracked by sections of Minion-focused comedy that last considerably longer than they should. I believe these little yellow monsters have realised that they should be utilised carefully. That, I believe, is why they share the screen with Gru in this film.

But this film toed the line far too carefully, wasting roughly 30 minutes of Minion-focused portions that only serve to distract from the story. Worse, those portions are almost wholly disconnected from the story at hand, slowing the pacing to a crawl.

In reality, this film is really a prelude to the Despicable Me flicks. A chance to try something new and different with a young version of our main character. It’s almost as if they started with a 60-page plan for a Gru prequel picture, realised it wasn’t long enough for a full feature, and then jammed 30 more pages in here and there to fill out the runtime.

“This is a movie for children,” is a common defence of these types of films. That’s not precisely the complement you think it is to the film’s creators, but I completely agree. It is a children’s film, similar to Pixar’s Up. Similarly to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse. Like a slew of other excellent animated pictures that achieve higher peaks than the ordinary adult-oriented drama. Despicable Me has had that emotional and thematic foundation since the first instalment; they simply need to dig into it again.

The first film provided an excellent introduction to the complicated subject of morality designed for children to understand. “What causes people to be good or bad?” That was the central theme of the first picture.

But I’m afraid that the Minions’ iconism prompted the executives to just want more of them, and it succeeded. Despicable Me 2 more than doubled the box office of its predecessor, and each subsequent picture has hauled in more and more money. But, with Minions (2015), they chewed off more than they could chew, and I believe they understood it. That movie is difficult to watch, and there is nothing to latch onto in the plot.

This franchise is so unique, and I’d hate to see it go to waste. I believe it has many valuable notions, but I doubt we’ll ever be able to tap into them as long as Minions reign supreme.

Given that this film is primarily about Gru, with Minions taking up more screen time than usual, I am concerned about the status of the franchise as a whole. Will the Minions appear in all future instalments? Will they all devote so much time on low-effort stuff that the Minions can do to make kids laugh?

Despicable Me 4 is scheduled to be released on July 3, 2024, so I guess we’ll have to wait till then to find out. But I’m hoping they can re-create that exact equilibrium.