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Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022)

Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022)




Starring the voices of 

Steve Carell

Pierre Coffin

Taraji P. Henson

Michelle Yeoh

Russell Brand



Directed by Kyle Balda


This CGI animation movie is a sequel to the spin-off prequel Minions (2015) and the fifth entry overall in the Despicable Me franchise.

I am tired of the Despicable Me franchise is something I never thought that I would say. The idea that I will watch a Despicable Me movie/spinoff and be tired of the antics, I miss Gru’s three daughters – they served as a form of distraction and needed addition to the mayhem of having to see these Minions all the time.

The movie was not bad, but I guess it is time to shelve this character and its spinoff for a while. This movie is more geared towards children who will find the antics, the jumping up and down, the noise and the silly adventure exciting. I think the major challenge for me an adult is the story.

It did feel good seeing the minions and Gru working together as we see them put the pieces together to what led to them all forming a gang, but I missed the girls.

The movie follows the life of 11¾ age Gru who has for less than two years dreamed of being part of the Vicious 6 criminal organization. Years after the events of the first Minions movie Grus has now allowed the Minions to work for him, with him as their new leader.

When Gru got the invite to join the Vicious 6 as the new member as his idol Wild Knuckles the former leader is dead, he was thrilled. He went for the audition prepared to get the job only to be laughed at because the group thought he was a short man, not an actual boy.

The group has a priced item which they stole at the start of the movie when Wild Knuckles was with them. It is a stone capable of turning anyone into one of the animals of the Chinese zodiac.

As Gru was leaving after the embarrassment, he noticed the Vicious members being preoccupied by another audition and he stole the stone.

The moment they noticed a chase started with Gru escaping with the aid of his Minions. He gave the stone to one of them, Otto to take to the liar while he distracts and leads the Vicious away. It worked, when he got back home only to discover that the Otto has traded the precious stone for a pet rock.

Causing Gru to fire the Minions and when he was going on his own to find the missing stone, he gets kidnapped.

The animation is what you will expect from this movie style. Nothing much has changed the Minions are still their silly self, and the movie is more about everything else than it is about Gru. Even though I expected the movie to draw a better line between this movie and the first Despicable Me film. But I was dissatisfied



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