Movie Review #Minions

***Universal provided us with a free screening of the Minions movie, but all opinions are my own

Photo Credit:  Universal Pictures

Photo Credit:  Universal Pictures

I must confess: I love the minions. Every time I see them up on screen, I think I giggle just as much as my kids do. They are adorable, funny and entertaining.

So when I heard they were going to star in their own movie, I was very excited! My kids, ages 7 and 4, have been eagerly watching every trailer released in excitement as well.

The Minions movie centers around Bob (an adorable child like character), Kevin (a Minion leader of sorts) and Stuart (a bit of clueless sort).  The first half hour or so of the movie is quite creative, letting viewers see how the Minions as a whole survived through the ages. And through the ages it does go- from Dinosaurs, to the Stone Age and up to the 1960's where the Minions movie takes place. The scenery, characters and music in the movie all reflect the late 1960's time period and this was quite charming.

But, what was really charming was the Minions search for an evil leader. There are several action sequences that rely heavily on physical comedy (and bare Minion behinds which had my seven year old laughing hysterically). In their search for the perfect evil leader to follow, the lovable Bob, Kevin and Stuart find Scarlet Overkill and her husband Herb. As in movies which previously starred our lovable Minion friends, trouble seems to find them at every corner. Is Scarlet the perfect evil villain for them?

I don't want to give away too many plot lines, as this will most likely be a movie that many of you will see this summer (if it's not on your summer bucket list, I'm willing to bet it is on your kids!). The Minions movie is quite funny and entertaining, and at 91 minutes long manages to hold the attention of even the younger viewers. I felt that it lacked a certain heartfelt connection that Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 did, but it could just be that I was missing Gru and the depth of his character.

This is a perfect summer movie for you and your family and is rated PG for some mildly inappropriate (read: butt jokes) humor. The movie can be seen in regular movie format or 3D for some extra fun. It opens July 10 in movie theaters.

Be sure to stay for the closing credits as there is a music video and a scene right at the very end you don't want to miss!