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Movie Review – Minions: The Rise of Gru

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It’s starting to feel like they’re milking this franchise for all the money they can get from it without offering anything substantially new. Rise of Gru doesn’t come close to Despicable Me or the first Minions movie back in 2015. (No way, it was that long ago?)

I think the best thing I can say about the movie is that it’s only about 80 minutes long, if you include the extra scene early in the end credits. So at least they didn’t drag it out. What they do have is the requisite antics that the youngsters will enjoy. They just didn’t leave a lot for the adult audience to enjoy, other than a few songs here and there.

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I recognized Alan Arkin’s voice as Wild Knuckles right away. And Michelle Yeoh as Master Chow stood out. I would have enjoyed the movie more if I’d known that Danny Trejo, Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Lucy Lawless were also voices for some of the Evil 6 gang. But they didn’t have too many lines anyway so no huge loss.

Grade: B

About The Peetimes: I have two good Peetimes. I tried to avoid using any scenes with the Minions antics that children most want to see.

There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Minions: The Rise of Gru.

Rated: (PG) Some Action/Violence | Rude Humor
Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy
Starring: Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Taraji P. Henson
Director: Kyle Balda, Brad Ableson, Jonathan del Val
Writer(s): Brian Lynch, Matthew Fogel, Cinco Paul
Language: English, Vietnamese
Country: United States
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In the heart of the 1970s, amidst a flurry of feathered hair and flared jeans, Gru (Steve Carell) is growing up in the suburbs. A fanboy of a supervillain supergroup known as the Vicious 6, Gru hatches a plan to become evil enough to join them. Luckily, he gets some mayhem-making back-up from his loyal followers, the Minions. Together, Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto – a new Minion sporting braces and a desperate need to please – deploy their skills as they and Gru build their first lair, experiment with their first weapons, and pull off their first missions. When the Vicious 6 oust their leader, legendary fighter Wild Knuckles (Alan Arkin), Gru interviews to become their newest member. It doesn’t go well (to say the least), and only gets worse after Gru outsmarts them and suddenly finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. On the run, Gru will turn to an unlikely source for guidance, Wild Knuckles, and discover that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.

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