SYNOPSIS: Since the dawn of time, Minions have served (and accidentally eliminated) history's most despicable villains. After their latest explosive mistake leaves them without an evil leader, the Minions fall into a deep depression. With the tribe on the brink of collapse, three unlikely heroes—Kevin, Stuart, and Bob—embark on a journey to find a new big boss. When their quest leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), our three heroes must face their biggest challenge yet: saving all of Minionkind…from annihilation! 


For the new generation of kids and adults alike, the minions have successfully replaced the Looney Tunes to become the spokesmen of inconsequential, wacky and amusing cartoony acts. Though in actual fact, the yellow creatures don’t actually speak in a language we know of. (They speak Minionese if this helps). 

In this spin-off from the Despicable Me series, Minions takes viewers to the very beginning where they first evolved from single cell organisms into small yellow beings that exist only to serve the world’s most despicable master. From a T-Rex to a caveman to Napoleon to Count Dracula, none survive long enough to live happily ever after with the minions. That is until three fearless minions, Kevin, Stuart and Bob decides to venture out into the world in search of a new master after a long period of isolation.

Without the presence of the brilliant Steve Carell’s Gru and his relationship with his three adopted daughters, Minions just seems pretty much irrelevant and empty. There’s only so much gibberish and silly gags one can endure for 90 minutes and despite having a super villain, Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock) onboard, it can’t really salvage the movie from being overkill. The idea is to have the minions stealing the Queen’s crown under the order of Scarlet but of course expect dizzying results when you have three simple-minded, banana loving creatures to complete the mission.

Since none of our heroes is equipped with a decent line of tangible dialogue, the rest of the supporting human characters have to do the job. While Bullock has a track record doing live-action movies, she just sounds flat and unmemorable as Scarlet. Same goes for Jon Hamm as Scarlet’s inventor husband. Michael ‘Birdman’ Keaton turned up as a robber who gives a lift to the hitchhiking minions but his character only appear in three brief scenes or less.

All thanks to the fumble-a-minute minions, kids will definitely chuckle and laugh manically at all the slapstick antics and made-up language. Hollywood movies just can’t end without a big-bang climatic action sequence and Minions had a madcap, explosive finale set in downtown London. The perfect trick to awake those bored, sleeping adults. Minions never aspire to be in the league of a Disney/Pixar animation movie, it sets out to make a frenetic silly caper based on familiar (extremely popular) characters and you can’t deny Universal and Illumination Entertainment had achieved its goal. Roll in the money!


Jingle Bells Minion Style comes just in time for the holiday. Brings a whole lot of meaning to the word "armpit". 


Minions looks all bright and yellow on DVD with glistening, detailed images. Sound and ambient effects are perfect. Technically speaking, this is a solid looking animation, on par with any major animation titles out in the market if not better.  



Review by Linus Tee



Genre: CG Animation
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Michael Keaton, Jon Hamm, Steve Coogan, Hiroyuki Sanada, Allison Janney, Katy Mixon, Dave Rosenbaum, Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Director: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2015


- Jingle Bells Minion Style


Languages: English/Cantonese/Korea/Mandarin/Thai
Subtitles: English/Mandarin/Cantonese/Korean/Thai
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 31 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: HVN Entertainment Singapore