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PanamaTrickster Reviews: Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022)

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Right off the bat, it is obvious that Illumination put some of their best animators on the team to create this movie. It is undeniably beautiful, at least compared to its four predecessors. And this is almost entirely apparent in the final 10 minutes of it. Unfortunately, this is type of movie that is all too frequently pumped out today, in that it was entirely unnecessary to make in the first place. The story simply did not need to be told.

I feel as though the humor was distant from that of what most kids would find funny or entertaining today, but full of the type of humor that parents want their kids to find funny. Lots of pop-culture references were spread fairly evenly throughout the movie, making for a somewhat weak attempt to keep older audiences entertained. Some of the puns were indeed, very clever, but the gibberish and toilet humor were really the only things this animated movie really tried to reel you in with… but I wouldn’t say many of us would take a bite from the bait in the first place.

The one reason I believe this movie exists is to sell merchandise, which it will undoubtedly be successful at. But this reason alone is not a reason for me to respect the film itself. To put it simply, however, you will get exactly what you expect from this movie. If you like the Minions from Despicable Me, and all of the other follow up sequels and spinoffs, then you will likely enjoy this movie. If you have never felt an attachment whatsoever to the Minions or Despicable Me franchise, it is best to skip this one entirely.


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