Minions: The Rise of Gru

Minions: The Rise of Gru

A fanboy of a supervillain supergroup known as the Vicious 6, Gru hatches a plan to become evil enough to join them, with the backup of his followers, the Minions.

  • Released: 2022-05-30
  • Runtime: 87 minutes
  • Genre: Action, Animation, Family
  • Stars: Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Russell Brand, Alan Arkin, Taraji P. Henson, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Michelle Yeoh, Julie Andrews, RZA, Jacob Batalon, Will Arnett, Steve Coogan, Jimmy O. Yang, Kevin Michael Richardson, John DiMaggio, Michael Beattie, Colette Whitaker, Raymond S. Persi, Kyle Balda, Bob Bergen, Beau Billingslea, Cathy Cavadini, David Chen, Will Collyer, Meilee Condron, Antonio Raul Corbo, Debi Derryberry, Scarlett Estevez, Kellen Goff, Jake Green, Isa Hall, Ramone Hamilton, Aaron Hendry, Barbara Harris, JP Karliak, Evan Kishiyama, Sam Lavagnino, Dawnn Lewis, Amari McCoy, Levi Nunez, Benjamin Plessala, Alex Puccinelli, David J. Randolph, Carla Rempp, Nev Scharrel, James Sie, Mindy Sterling, Fred Tatasciore, Regina Taufen, Nisa Ward, Debra Wilson, Nora Wyman, Bastian Baker, Valentine Zhou, Asto Montcho, Frédérique Cantrel, Gad Elmaleh, Claudia Tagbo, Jonathan Cohen, Gérard Darmon, Hélène Babu, Christophe Rouzaud, Grégory Questel, Daniel Koenigsberg, Pierre Forest, Omar Sy, Dwayne Johnson
  • Director: Kyle Balda, Joseph Kosinski, Kyle Balda
  • Benjamin-M-Weilert - 22 December 2022
    The Despicable Me prequel the first Minions movie should have been.
    It always felt weird to me that the prequel spinoff series to Despicable Me started with Minions (2015), set well before these yellow tic-tac creatures even met their eventual boss. As a true prequel to the main series, Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022) was the movie the previous Minions movie should have been. And while it definitely lives up to the somewhat immature nature of these films from Illumination, I am constantly in awe of how visually impressive these movies look despite not coming from Disney, Pixar, or Dreamworks.

    While definitely still geared toward children, Minions: The Rise of Gru definitely has its moments that parents forced to watch along with their kids will chuckle at. In particular, the names of the villains are puns well above little ones' heads but are quite amusing for the adults who know (Nun-Chuck (Lucy Lawless) being my favorite). I mean, they even got Jean-Claude Van Damme to voice Jean-Clawed. It's goofy, and you can turn your mind off to enjoy the flashy colors for almost an hour and a half.

    My only gripe is that this movie didn't quite integrate its A and B storylines that well. Sure, they come together at the end to save the day, but they might as well have been two separate movies: one where the Minions train and one where Gru (Steve Carell) is mentored by Wild Knuckles (Alan Arkin). Still, as far as origin stories go, there are enough references to the main Despicable Me series to explain how everything got started prior to the first Despicable Me (2010) movie. I only hope that this movie marks the end of the Minions spin-off series since there's really nowhere else to go with it now.

    The Despicable Me prequel the first Minions movie should have been, I give Minions: The Rise of Gru 3.5 stars out of 5.
  • samog-98289 - 1 November 2022
    Better than the first Minions movie and Despicable Me 3 but didn't quite make a billion dollars sadly
    I going to do my best to not spoil everything in this review let's get started shall we; in this prequel-sequel, Steve Carell is back as a younger version of Gru who we were introduced in the previous film and as an adult in the Despicable Me movies which is now getting a fourth film in the franchise! The three amigos' minions are also back from the first one Kevin is once again the leader of the group, Stuart is the comic relief and Bob is cute as always (my favourite Minion) were introduced to a brand new Minion named Otto who makes his debut in this flick and will return in Despicable Me 4 also do stick around for the credits (trust me it's worth the wait). Overall even though Minions 2: The Rise of Gru isn't as good as the first two Despicable Me movies it's still better than the first entry of the prequel based on the franchise and Despicable Me 3! One of the sets I bought of the film is Bob with robot arms based on LEGO Sets & that's why I'm giving this movie a 6/10! Kids and family will enjoy it but sadly didn't make a billion dollars unlike Minions and Despicable Me 3! Have fun everyone!!! XD.