You’ve probably noticed how Minions are freaking everywhere nowadays. If having your Facebook feed clogged up with their little yellow faces and trite image macros is driving you insane, best you quit Facebook for a while, because Minion mania is about to get ramped up thanks to this week’s major release of the stand-alone Minions movie. Minionandrists unite!
The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s MINIONS begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters-from T. rex to Napoleon-the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he-alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob-ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.
If you’re expecting Minions to be as surprisingly charming and moving as the Despicable Me movies, then unfortunately you’re out of luck. Full of belly-laugh worthy slapstick and pratfalls, it’s fast-paced and colourful enough to keep the kids entertained and giggling like mad, but it’s definitely lacking the heart of its predecessors. Nevertheless, the kids will absolutely freaking love it, and 74% on Rotten Tomatoes ain’t bad.
Life of Crime
Based on Elmore Leonard’s novel “The Switch,” LIFE OF CRIME is a dark caper comedy about the wife of a corrupt real estate developer, who is kidnapped by two common criminals intending to extort him with inside information about his crooked business and off-shore accounts. But the husband decides he’d actually rather not pay the ransom to get back his wife, setting off an unbelievable sequence of double crosses and plot twists that could only come from the mind of Elmore Leonard.
Writer/Director Daniel Schechter has put together a cautious but adequate adaptation, however critics are saying it lacks style and substance of its source material. It’s a fun throwaway movie with strong performances, just don’t expect it to leave a lasting impression.
Lost River (Cinema Nouveau)
Ryan Gosling tries his hand at writing and directing with this fantasy thriller starring Christina Hendricks as a mother struggling to protect her kids in a dreamlike city.
Ryan Gosling is a good actor, no one is denying that, but his writing/directing debut leaves a lot to be desired. Basically, it’s a mess. Between a nonsensical script and borrowed visual styles, Lost River ends up feeling more like a poor copy of better movies by more experienced directors, instead of standing on its own. Maybe Gosling has a future behind the camera, but 29% on Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t bode well for his directing career.
Last Updated: July 10, 2015