Minions: The Rise of Gru

Minions: The Rise of Gru ★★★½

The movie of the moment - it was an absolute pleasure to see this on the big screen.

I think the Minions get a bad rap, with the commercial and merchandising of the characters being seen as particularly cynical, which I think is fair enough. I don't the films are anything near as soulless as people might assume though, and behind the relentless advertising and memery, there's a series of movies made with love and good cheer.

Slapstick for sure isn't for everyone, but I think it has an important history in cinema from the physical comedy of Buster Keaton to modern children's animation. And while it can be done poorly, Minions is an example of slapstick done right. As characters they are perfect punching bags, stretching and flattening and falling about like clumsy, invincible rodents. Comedy is a very subjective experience but I can't see how you couldn't love the puns, the satire of 70s gaudiness, and watching the little yellow chaps get beaten up in increasingly inventive ways.