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Minions

Mark McGee
Posted 7/23/22

I ’m not ashamed to say it. I like the Minions.

For those not aware of them, and how could you not be since they have been in so many commercials the last couple of months, Minions are …

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I ’m not ashamed to say it. I like the Minions.

For those not aware of them, and how could you not be since they have been in so many commercials the last couple of months, Minions are little yellow characters who speak their own language, wear goggles for no reason and like dressing in blue overalls.

I wanted to see Minions: The Rise of Gru when it was at the Capri Theater. It is the prequel to Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2. But I didn’t want to go alone.

Thankfully, my daughter, who I raised to be an avid movie fan, suggested we go. I jumped at the chance. Some friends of mine from high school were there in the lobby.

But they quickly reminded me they were there with their grandchildren.

As I said, I was not embarrassed to proclaim out loud I am a Minions’ fan. Their appearance in a Liberty Mutual Insurance commercial when an angler catches their submarine makes me laugh every time I see it.

The Minions are chaotic_ a comedic combination of the Marx Brothers and Three Stooges. They can be as expressive as Harpo Marx, who never said a word in a Marx Brothers film, with just a look. Or they can be entertaining for their lack of physical skills like Moe, Larry and Curly and later Shemp and Curly Joe of the Stooges.

As Phil Edwards points out in his extensive Minions article for vox. com they are “earnestly driven by the desire to serve an evil boss (Gru) though they often screw up because they’re selfish, easily distracted and generally inept.”

All those things combine to make them even more hilarious in their often misguided efforts to succeed.

The language they speak is voiced in this film by one person – Pierre Coffin. In an article on Buzzfeed he calls the gibberish “a mixture of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian, French and Spanish.”

In the article Coffin adds “the backstory for the Minions is they are an ancient and prehistoric who have served masters across the world.” Hence the mixture of languages.

The Minions are no longer on the screen at the Capri. But they should be on movie streaming services if you missed them.

Get the family together and sit back and watch. The only complaint you will have is the movie, which also features the voices of Steve Carell, Alan Arkin and Julie Andrews, Taraji P. Henson and Dolph Lundgren, is it is too short in length.

My daughter said she had not heard me laugh so hard in a long time. It was a fun time at the movies.

Admittedly, not everyone is going to find them as hilarious as I do. But with everything happening in the world today we all need to find something to make us laugh and forget the reality around us.

Thanks Minions.

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