REVIEW / FILM REVIEW – After three “Despicable Me” films and a first installment of “The Minions”, the little yellow mascots of Illumination Entertainment are back in “The Minions 2: Once Upon a Time Gru”.
The Minions: huge success
In 2010, Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin staged the first part of the saga Me, Despicable Me. The film was a huge box office success with over $543 million in revenue for a budget of $69 million. Above all, the Minions, these little yellow mascots, create an unprecedented enthusiasm. Universal feels that there is a vein to be exploited and orders several sequels from Illumination Entertainment. two more movies Me, Despicable Me saw the light of day in 2013 and 2017. But above all, in 2015, Universal and Illumination decided to offer the Minions their own soberly titled film Minions.
The feature film is a real tidal wave and brings in more than$1 billion at the box office. Minions thus enters the very exclusive club of 50 films that passed this symbolic bar at the box office. It is therefore no surprise that the little yellow monsters are back in a second installment: Minions 2 – Once upon a time Gru.
A disappointing sequel
Necessarily, after five movies, enthusiasm and the element of surprise are no longer there. With Minions 2: Once Upon a Time GruIllumination Entertainment had the difficult mission of to renew itself and to offer something else to its public. Unfortunately, this mission is a failure. Minions 2 is a work warmed up as much as possible, very limited in its narrative, which clearly doesn’t have much to tell. The Minions run out of steam and play around as best they can to rekindle the audience’s lack of interest in the twists and turns of the story.
The new production from Universal and Illumination Entertainment is more akin to a prequel to the saga Me, Despicable Me than to a true sequel to minions. Bringing Gru back to center stage isn’t necessarily the best idea. Especially when the said Gru is a child of 11 unsympathetic as possible, and much less touching than the adult version. In particular because these are suddenly no longer the same dramatic springs (more adult therefore) than in the original trilogy. And deep down, no one really wanted to see Gru’s childhood…
An intrigue sewn with white thread
Minions 2 thus offers a story sewn with white thread, antagonists bland as possible, and ultimately rather poor comic springs. Apart from a few rather funny sequences like the plane scene, Minions 2 is very uninspired in terms of humor and only manages to make the audience smile too rarely. Symptomatic of a license that is running out of steam and who tries to rekindle a flame that no longer really exists. And if not the opening credits of the film, which parodies the introductions of the films james bond with great malice, Minions 2 sorely lacking in creativity… in spring a noisy animated film which should capture the attention of the youngest. Paradoxically, this proposal is kindly soporific for the older ones.
Minions 2: Once Upon a Time Gru by Kyle Balda, Brad Ableson and Jonathan Del Val, in theaters on July 6, 2022. Check out the trailer above. Find all our trailers here.