If you’re expecting a critical analysis of MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU, there is no need to read further. Although I would love to go into depth on my opinions on minions and critiques of capitalism, it’s been done by better minds than me.
What I will say – MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU had an opening night comparable to AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. The theater was buzzing with electricity – people cheered when the Illumination production company logo flashed on the screen. I saw a ton of Crocs (complete with Jibbitz), teens on BeReal, custom-painted Minion t-shirts, and, of course, suits (#gentleminions). If that last sentence doesn’t make much sense to you, that’s okay. MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU is the most GenZ-2022 movie I’ve ever experienced. This is especially ironic given the actual film takes place in the 70s and feels like it could have come out 20 years ago.
The actual film is a mix of classic physical comedy (think Mr. Bean) antics with the barest amount of creativity. Aside from a few scenes, this movie will go down in history more for the experience than the actual film. I watched THE RISE OF GRU a week ago and barely remembered the plot. This movie is hardly a DESPICABLE ME prequel, aside from a couple of cameos (you can predict which ones).
I may sound harsh, but don’t get me wrong – the experience of watching this film in theaters was so fun. The audience loved it. I don’t feel like I wasted my time, but if you’re watching it at home, I would pass unless you really, really need the additional context in the DMEU (Despicable Me Extended Universe).
MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU is in theaters now.