Kyle Balda (2015)

U Certificate


Our Score
Despicable Me's lovable yellow sidekicks get their own movie in this prequel that sends a trio of intrepid Minions to Sixties London in search of a truly evil leader. A succession of gags and pratfalls are fired at the audience, with the resulting chaos feeling like a Three Stooges for the under-tens. There's very little point to it, but it's hard to deny that the charmingly stupid leads and some clever comedy make for an enjoyable experience, aided in no small part by a killer classic rock soundtrack. Of the new additions, Sandra Bullock throws herself into voicing maniacally insecure villain Scarlett Overkill, while Jon Hamm gets some of the biggest laughs as her sidekick/husband. It may be best suited to younger fans, who will no doubt be shouting various quotes from the film all the way home. Nevertheless, Minions gives you exactly what you expect from the subservient critters, and makes up in entertainment for what it lacks in structure.


A race of strange, babbling yellow creatures has served the cause of evil throughout the history of the world. In the 1960s, three of these eternal henchmen get a job working for a criminal genius who is hatching a plot against the British crown - but while carrying out her orders, they uncover a threat to their whole species. Animated comedy, with the voices of Sandra Bullock, Pierre Coffin, Jon Hamm and Michael Keaton.

Cast & Crew

Scarlett Overkill Sandra Bullock
Minions Kevin, Bob and Stuart Pierre Coffin
Herb Overkill Jon Hamm
Walter Nelson Michael Keaton
Madge Nelson Allison Janney
Professor Flux / Tower Guard Steve Coogan
Narrator Geoffrey Rush
Queen Elizabeth II Jennifer Saunders
Director Kyle Balda
Director Pierre Coffin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Jun 2015
Comedy Drama Children's