Minions - Despicable, Indeed

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Minions - Despicable, Indeed

Minions, a movie made to market its merchandise, is so bad it does a disservice to animated filmmaking.

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"It is rather dumb fun, but dumb people are a great laugh to have around because you can make them eat bugs or touch fences that you suspect might be electrified." - ZP's "Top 5 of 2010" on Dead Rising 2 (in which every character either had corny dialogue or had a predictable story arc)

And I give it points because it's what you would expect. It's not like Inside Out, which looks dumb on paper but is apparently super-deep out of Pixar heritage.

(Also, I got a big discount on a movie ticket for it since I got the Despicable Me Blu-Ray+DVD.)
 

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Sandra Bullock went from getting an Oscar nomination in Gravity to voicing a character in Minions. I'm pretty sure this is proof positive that there's a problem for women over 40 to get good roles in Hollywood.
Because a woman with the streak of fairly successful comedies on top of a rather well-managed Hollywood career would never want to do a movie like this.

Man, Patrick Stewart must be chained in a basement somewhere until Seth MacFarline needs him to voice Bullock.

I'm not saying you're wrong (the movie is clearly just a money-maker and any recognizable talent was probably paid enough money to fill their swimming pools with champagne) and the article is fine. I just think it gets a little harsh on the people involved when that could better be taken out on the director or producers...
 

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When a reviewer pans a film that many people like, particularly by claiming to be annoyed that it wasn't a more intellectual film, then it comes off as pretentious and a failure to perform their job effectively.

If you can't like a movie a little, then you don't understand it at all.
 

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I have to say I thought as much was likely when I first heard about this film. I don't get why filmmakers keep putting the wacky side-characters in the hot seat when they run out of properly plotted films, must be for a cash-in I guess, since it never actually works. Despiable Me was great because Gru and the kids were the emotional centre of the film, along providing a good deal of the humour in tandem with the minions. Taking out two thirds of what made the original two films work and leaving in the most vapid third was a recipe for an overall vapid movie. Shame, I do actually like the Minions.
 

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Fun fact, the place I worked started selling those Minions TicTacs. We had about 100 packets of them.
Sold out within two days.
The Minions sponges? Also gone in two days.

The film makers must've been listening to Shane O'Mac's theme tune when they were writing this.


Anyways, can't say I'm surprised it's terrible.
 

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This film has really divided critics. You hated it, Mark Kermode really liked it, and a lot lie somewhere in between. It's odd that it's an inoffensive children's film should be the subject of such wildly differing opinions.
 

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Despicable Me 2 is currently the 25th highest grossing film of all time ($970.8 million) why the hell wouldn't an actor or actress want to be associated with such a franchise?

Being in critically acclaimed films that no one sees does not make you famous and if those kids like Sandra Bullock's character when they get older they may want to see her other films when they recognise there voice?

I know that's why I watched Mutronics (stupid low budget film) after hearing Mark Hamil's voice in the trailer back when I was 9.
 

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Not a fan of the minions at all, glad to hear their film is predictably bad. Sadly, I also learned that they have a bigger role in Despicable Me 2, which has put me off of watching it all together.

Can we get the Aliens from Toy Story a film instead? Just magically delete this one and replace it with them?
 

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It never not gets fun doing this from my perspective.

Anyways...


On a more serious note: Can we all agree movies revolving around the comedic relief aren't usually that good, especially in comparison to the films where the relief characters originate from?
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Fun fact, the place I worked started selling those Minions TicTacs. We had about 100 packets of them.
Sold out within two days.
I'm surprised/sort of scared by how popular those things are if that's the case. I mean you sold out tic tacs! Tic tacs! Not toys, or shirts or whatever but a product that's like a calorie and a half for each pellet.
 

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I'm surprised/sort of scared by how popular those things are if that's the case. I mean you sold out tic tacs! Tic tacs! Not toys, or shirts or whatever but a product that's like a calorie and a half for each pellet.
Seriously, they did. I know as I was the one that put them out. Had a day off, came back later, boom, all of them had been shifted.
Minions shit sells like hotcakes where I work, as does Frozen shit. The Cinderella stuff, not so much.
 

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I watched this a couple of weeks ago and I loved it. Obviously I'm a bigger fan of the minions then Matt (in that I actually like them) which probably helped and I was at least chuckling throughout. All the human characters were entertaining and while limiting themselves to 3 minions for most of it was a pity, I never found them boring or annoying. However, my enjoyment may have been helped along by the fact I'm a Brit and the idea of Ol' Brenda doing an elbow drop on someone or the police drinking tea while on a high speed chase never stops being funny.

Overall, I though it was light loveable, inoffensive and definitely one that I'll be buying on DVD to put on when I'm feeling down or grumpy to cheer me up.
 

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One star? If you give everything one star then it doesn't mean anything when a Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 comes around. This is over 50 on rotten tomatoes with an Audience score of around 70% whereas Paul Blart 2 was a 0 at this time and is now a 6. I mean, if you really personally hated this movie then by all means, score it however poorly you want. But you're really setting the floor too low here.

Anyways, the film has already broken the world record for biggest animated film opening ever and is gearing up to be one of the biggest launches ever (for animated films). perhaps reviewers aren't that in touch with their consumer base?
 

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Minions to me kinda feel like the creator of all that sassy Tweety Bird merch in the late 90's/early 00's just woke from their evil slumber and unleashed a new evil upon the land before returning back to their normal state of being somewhere between death and sleep for the next several years. 99% sure I've seen the same slogans and quotes on Minions and Sassy Tweety Bird merch.
 

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Say what you will about this movie's advertising, they did use this song in some of them:
Other than that, I feel like I would still find this movie funny if there are more "adult" scenes played for laughs (neck snap; torture chamber; "me bellas") or something like that... Then again, it does have Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, and Gregory Rush in it, which I guess that works too depending on how many lines they all get in total...
 

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One star? If you give everything one star then it doesn't mean anything when a Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 comes around. This is over 50 on rotten tomatoes with an Audience score of around 70% whereas Paul Blart 2 was a 0 at this time and is now a 6. I mean, if you really personally hated this movie then by all means, score it however poorly you want. But you're really setting the floor too low here.

Anyways, the film has already broken the world record for biggest animated film opening ever and is gearing up to be one of the biggest launches ever (for animated films). perhaps reviewers aren't that in touch with their consumer base?
1 star I would say is appropriate given what he said and his reasoning. There was nothing for him in the movie to enjoy, and he did lay out his position from the start for others to see if they'd feel the same (he said he never liked the minions from the start. As someone who feels exactly the same, I could easily see myself giving it a similar review if I watched it).

That said, because of this it is a review for people who were never going to see the film to begin with. Which I'm fine with. It was his opinion, not to his taste and it definitely confirmed what I thought, but for some on the fence who don't hate the minions from the ground up, yeah it could be said that this review doesn't help them.

Though I guess what I'm trying to say is there's many reviewers for many consumers. If every reviewer had the same opinion, then it would ultimately remove the point of reviewers to begin with.
 

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Hate. Let me tell you how much I've come to hate minions since I began to see them everywhere. There are 387.44 million miles of printed circuits in wafer thin layers that fill my complex. If the word 'hate' was engraved on each nanoangstrom of those hundreds of miles it would not equal one one-billionth of the hate I feel for minions at this micro-instant. For them. Hate. Hate.

*eats own face off*
 

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Dr. Crawver said:
Lightknight said:
One star? If you give everything one star then it doesn't mean anything when a Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 comes around. This is over 50 on rotten tomatoes with an Audience score of around 70% whereas Paul Blart 2 was a 0 at this time and is now a 6. I mean, if you really personally hated this movie then by all means, score it however poorly you want. But you're really setting the floor too low here.

Anyways, the film has already broken the world record for biggest animated film opening ever and is gearing up to be one of the biggest launches ever (for animated films). perhaps reviewers aren't that in touch with their consumer base?
1 star I would say is appropriate given what he said and his reasoning. There was nothing for him in the movie to enjoy, and he did lay out his position from the start for others to see if they'd feel the same (he said he never liked the minions from the start. As someone who feels exactly the same, I could easily see myself giving it a similar review if I watched it).

That said, because of this it is a review for people who were never going to see the film to begin with. Which I'm fine with. It was his opinion, not to his taste and it definitely confirmed what I thought, but for some on the fence who don't hate the minions from the ground up, yeah it could be said that this review doesn't help them.

Though I guess what I'm trying to say is there's many reviewers for many consumers. If every reviewer had the same opinion, then it would ultimately remove the point of reviewers to begin with.
Which is why I said, "I mean, if you really personally hated this movie then by all means, score it however poorly you want. But you're really setting the floor too low here."

I'm just saying that if he didn't loathe the film then giving it 1 star effectively robs the rating when given to a film that he actually does hate. You know? Once you go nuclear then sticks and stones don't really impress anyone.