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Minions: The Rise of Gru Review

Updated: Dec 27, 2022

Minions: The Rise of Gru certainly did not disappoint, but it did not hugely impress either.

Don’t get me wrong it had many funny moments, for example a Minion swapping a priceless stone for a pet rock and other Minions failing at Kung Fu. And of course my favourite scene in the whole film, the Minions tricking Gru into taking them in with their fake rain and huge cutesy eyes. Another major plus for me was the movie’s soundtrack. I was so surprised as I scrolled through it on Spotify—what a stellar and diverse selection of artists from Tame Impala to BROCKHAMPTON to Phoebe Bridgers!

But, despite all this something still felt missing in Minions: The Rise of Gru. The climax scene was rushed. I wanted more action at the end rather than the Minions’ ‘inner beasts’ just suddenly activating and saving the day. I also wished we got to see more of Gru’s childhood: interesting anecdotes of him at school and with his family. Maybe I just had high expectations for the movie because of the #gentleminions TikTok trend in which people dressed up in suits and fancy dresses to watch the movie, and the fact that it was doing really well at the box office.

At the end of the day, I was entertained for a solid 1.5 hours thanks to the film, but I don't see myself watching it again.

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