The movie Despicable Me introduced us to the adorable, if odd, yellow minions that lived only to do the bidding of their master. The minions’ adorable demeanor and cute language endeared them to viewers both young and old. Hence, the Minions movie was made. This weekend the Minions film made its debut.
Though the Minions movie enjoyed a stellar opening weekend, not everyone was pleased as punch with the tiny, yellow, denim-wearing minions.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Minions was so successful this weekend, bringing in at least $115 million in the United States and Canada, it is topped by only one other animated movie. Shrek the Third opened in 2007, raking in an astonishing $121 million during its debut, making it the top ranked animated movie of all time.
Despite this pleasing start for Minions, not all reviews have been favorable. Drew Zahn of WND Diversions compares Minions to the Despicable Me franchise from which the minions hailed.
“But unlike its predecessors, Minions is neither redemptive nor heart-warming nor values-affirming, and frankly, it isn’t nearly as funny as you might as expect.”
“But unfortunately for Minion fans, the movie Minions doesn’t take it any further. There’s just too little story, too little character development, too little plot to hang their antics upon. They take on a new master, they innocently undermine this one too, and that’s pretty much the end: No new crisis, no growth, no moral dilemma, no real danger, no redemptive element – that’s just all there is.”
Zahn isn’t the only one to share this opinion of Minions. The Washington Post columnist Kristen Page-Kirby was less than enthralled by the silly minions as well.
“I can attest that Minions does, in fact, have funny jokes, destroying stuff and butts. That’s … about it. And the ‘funny jokes’ is a matter of taste, in that I’m not so into bodily humor…”
“Minions tries to appease parents by throwing in pandering moments that all say ‘Hello, Mom and Dad! Thank you for your money!’ There are allusions to Abbey Road, the musical Hair and the fact that English people drink a lot of tea.”
Of course, the Minions movie has its fair share of glowing reviews as well. Defective plot aside, the minions are some cute little guys!
In an odd piece of news, some parents are upset because the Minions toys sold in McDonald’s Happy Meals seem to be spewing profanity. The Inquisitr reports that the McDonald’s corporation assures parents that minions do not use swear words.
“Minions speak ‘Minionese,’ which is a random combination of many languages and nonsense words and sounds. We’re aware of a very small number of customers who have been in touch regarding this toy, and we apologize for any confusion or offense to those who may have interpreted the sounds as anything other than gibberish. The allegation that this toy is saying any offensive phrase is not true. Any perceived similarities to actual English words are purely coincidental.”
What opinions do you have of the Minions film or McDonald’s toys?
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