Minions (2015)

 

Trailer:  Minions (2015)

Starring:  Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton

Directed by:  Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin

Runtime:  1 Hr 31 min

Genre(s):  Animation, Comedy

Review by:  John Dixon

Spoiler Free Review: (read if you have NOT seen this movie)

 

You’ve seen the Despicable Me movies right?  Well, have you ever wondered where the Minions come from and how they long to serve the most evil of villains?  This movie points you in the right direction.  Seriously, there is one goal here and it is to find out that one thing that happened to the minions to bring them to where we know them today.  The kids will love it and you will like it.  How does this movie rank against the Despicable Me movies?  It comes in 3rd.  Lacking that specific touch that Gru has.  Unfortunately, the Minions cannot carry an entire movie by themselves.  Although it made a TON of money in the box office so, millions of people can’t be all wrong… right?

 

Spoiler Filled Review: (read only if you HAVE seen it and don’t care about spoilers)

 

I’ve always thought the Minions were the highlights to the Despicable Me movies.  Like everyone else it made you wonder why they just don’t have their own movie.  I’m glad we get a taste of what that would be like.  Can we go back now?  Even though you singled out 3 Minions and made them stand out as individuals.  It doesn’t help me feel like there are hundreds of minions that could do the same job.  Ok, they aren’t singled out as much but there are some changes made to them to make them more unique.  For example, Bob’s eyes & hair, & Kevin is a different Kevin from the first film.

With Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm leading the charge you would figure that the acting is top notch.  …and it is.  I have no problems with the acting but I do have to say why use these actors/actress if you’re going to make them so different than what we can expect.  I don’t really find Sandra Bullock to be a great villain-ess, but she hardly sounded like Sandra and I knew Jon Hamm was in this movie but couldn’t peg him until I IMDB’d it.  So, in this case why not pay some cheaper actors for the job that they did anyway?  Why?  because Sandra and Jon put little denim butts in the seats that’s why.  The only casting I was happy with was Steve Carrell as young Gru.  Michael Keaton was in this movie!?  He played Walter somebody?  I didn’t even know that!

How was that plot?  It was interesting to see what the Minions did pre-Gru.  I wished they would have spent more time on the days before Villain-Con.  I thought the evolution of the Minions was super interesting but it went by way too fast.  We basically jumped right into 1968 and they just so happen to meet the Villain just before they meet Gru.  If it were me, I would be looking at this as a series of movies.  Take them way back and track their adventures.  Don’t introduce a young Gru until the final 3rd movie!  Winner!  No, it’s like they felt this movie had no legs.  The minion characters were written pretty plain even though each one of the 3 stood out on purpose.  Nothing new here, same old antics, same old banana.  Scarlett Overkill was a little bit over kill.  She was nice then she was bad, then nice then crazy.  What did she do to earn the spot of top villain?  Nobody knows, its just a title as easily won as grabbing them red gem out of my hand…  I did like Herb.  He was funny.

I want to tell the directors that they forgot something.  If they weren’t planning on making another Minions movie then why didn’t they throw in Dr. Nefario.  He could have been younger and awesome to see what he was doing in the 60’s.  The reason I bring him up is because he has been instrumental in the movies and to not even give him a shout out I think is a missed opportunity.  This movie flows fairly well until the ending.  Its just a flippity floppity here’s the ending because we didn’t know how else to end it type ending.  Although the very ending…

…was my favorite part.  Gru completes these characters.  I think we all know that now.  I was interested in finding the true Hollywood story of the Minions and I get one anecdote about this chick claiming to be all evil tricking them to steal the Queen’s crown.  Weird sloppy story and the end.  We meet Gru.  Don’t get me wrong, My Kids loved this movie!  My son is all about the Minions and he loved it especially.

 

 

3.0

STARS

Comic Book Connection Michael Keaton – Batman, Batman Returns
Nudity Bonus Minion Butt.
Favorite Moment The introduction to Gru
Most Hated Moment I thought the giant Kevin was a bit too much on the side of “ok, lets go big or go home” type movie making.
THIS Movie reminded me of THAT Movie Reminded me of Puss In Boots, or Penguins of Madagascar where the spin-off wasn’t as good as the main movie.
What did my wife think of this movie?
Box Office Budget $74,000,000.00
How much it made Domestically $324,755,670.00
Was it a Box office Success? Or Failure? Success
Did you notice? 1. That Michael Keaton played Walter Nelson in this movie.  Yeah, I had no clue (as I mentioned above)
2. Geoffrey Rush was the Narrator.  Wow they needed to exentuate their voice talent here.
3. This movie ranks #2, just below Despicable Me 2 in terms of Box Office haul in the 3 film series.
Rotten Tomatoes Score  Did not watch the entire movie.  Fell asleep…
Critics 54%
Audience 52%
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The Lake House (2006)

The Lake House (2006)

Running Time: 1 hr 39 min – Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Starring Sandra Bullock & Keanu Reeves – Directed by Alejandro Agresti

The Synopsis:   Sci-Fi, Romance at it’s best. Dr. Kate Forester leaves the lake house leaving a note for the next tenant, when she receives a letter from someone claiming it was the year 2004 when it was 2006. As time progresses they go through time trying to find a way to meet possibly for the first time in 2 years? You’ll have to watch and see what happens.

Ran-Dizzle (Host)

So before I go into the normal Mambo-jumbo that is my review I figured I would explain why this movie was chosen.

We’ve recently been doing a lot of action/comic book movies and I hope as reader’s you’ve enjoyed our reviews thus far, However I thought we needed to experience something new. Now everyone knows I am a “Hopeless Romantic” and that I do have a collection of these movies as well as  a little bit of everything, This one in particular was picked for a Mother’s Day present originally however I discovered she already had it, so as it collected dust on my shelf with the cellophane wrap on it still, I just grabbed this and said this is the movie we will be doing. So there you have it why we chose this movie, now for the good stuff.

Being a Sci-Fi/Romance movie has it’s plus not very many of these exist and are actually any good…Time Traveler’s Wife, ect. But I think this was well done, There are  few bugs that need to be worked on but nothing that can’t be over looked. I think the thing that bugged me the most about this story was they were altering time and space, an Example of this would be like when he plants the trees and suddenly they show up, Or sending him a scarf in the mail box, because it was going to snow and be a harsh winter that year, yet nothing really changed, I mean to me I guess growing up knowing that if you change the space/time it might not work out how you want it, Look at the butterfly effect, Back to the Future… Other then that no major issue really stuck out.

To me, the actors were well chosen, I think Christopher Plummer did an awesome job being the distant father, He was there but he wasn’t he expected more from his son versus what his son wanted. Sandra and Keanu had a spark there that even not being together in the same spot was just believable and to be an actor and believe that your having a conversation and playing along discussing as if they are there is harder then it seems. I did however feel that Sandra’s Mother in the movie played by Willeke van Ammelrooy was a bit odd because the accent, being in Chicago. Just to me that seemed odd.

This was Alejandro Agresti’s first American film and I think he did an awesome job at it. and David Auburn wrote the script well.

                                                                  4.5 ‘s

Willie Good-Cook

I could tell from the intro music that this was not a movie for me. (Thanks again Big JD.) Another cookie cutter romantic comedy story with hints of Frequency’s plot. I found Keanu’s performance to be lack luster. Sandra can do no wrong however, which made this move a bit more enjoyable. Awkward in moments, but funny at the same time. Way more voice over than one movie should ever have. (The bane of my existence.)

This movie was specifically written and produced for the female gender. The man has to wait four years for his true love while the woman moves on for two years and then one day remembers what is going to happen and comes running to him. She saves his life and everything. Total chick flick.

That being said. It was actually a decent movie. Keanu was his usually robot self. The rest of the cast did a fair to good job. The plot and story(fairly predictable) were ok as well. Overall an ok movie. Nothing I would suggest to my friends.

Suggestion: Watch this with your wife if you aren’t really trying to do much “watching”.

3‘s (Should have been 2.5 for Keanu’s bad acting)

Big JD

Imagine a love story with a sci-fi twist.  Can you do that?  Yeah, just try.  But the thing you have to ask yourself is what came first the chicken or the egg.  In the case of The Lake House the question is more like; which came first, the writing of the first letter or the construction of a house?  The only major problem I had with this movie was the fact that It didn’t have a constructed (time travel) origin point.  And yes, it can be very confusing and mind bending when you think about the whole time travel thing but I think it is a huge hole that was never explained.  Examples:  Back To the Future was when Marty had to take the Delorean after Doc’s death.  During The Time Traveler’s Wife it was when he met his love interest when she was a little girl.  Let me explain a bit more In detail.  The time traveling letter’s (sounds silly when I write it) seem to begin when she (Sandra Bullock) puts her letter in the magical mailbox to the next tenant to the Lake house of which she is moving out.  But that is not the “origin point” seeing how she states in her letter that the box in the attic is not hers and she didn’t know how the dog prints got out front.  Then maybe you could argue that it really began when they met in 2004 at her birthday party.  Nope, he already knew about her that’s why he went.  Well, what about the accident outside Daily Plaza?  Nope, he went there because she said that’s where she was on Valentine ’s Day 2006.  When the house was built?  Nope, time travel wasn’t witnessed until 2004.  When his mother died?  Same answer.  When his father died?  No.  He already had met future girl.  So, I would challenge anyone to explain to me the actual origin point of this act of phenomena.  You can’t because they didn’t bother to provide one.  The only thing that I can come up with is that regarding the first letter the PS was added magically when he opened it up and started reading it.  If that was the case it would have been nice to show it on screen.  It seems small but it nagged at me during most of the movie.

Aside from that small brain bug I can’t really see much wrong with the movie.  The acting by Reeves/Bullock was fantastic and I couldn’t see anyone else playing the parts.  Now the two actors I could have seen missing from the movie was 1) Mona (Stalker Assistant) that annoyed me with her horrible acting and 2) his brother Henry.  Henry was just really uncomfortable.  He seemed as if he was going to burst into tears every time he spoke.  Not that he showed it in his eyes but more so in his voice.  Annoying.

The Lake House

Keanu Reeves fake sneezing.

A couple of plot holes I noticed during what I had thought was a well written movie.  When Kate sent the scarf and proved to Alex that a winter storm was coming.  He was like “yeah right, snow”.  When in fact during the beginning of the movie there was snow all over the place and people had mentioned many times how cold it was.  So, he was like “yeah right, snow” to something that had been happening anyway?  What?!  Also, why didn’t Kate just look him up in the future at any point throughout the entire movie?  I mean, she had no problem looking up his father and even finding a photography book on him.  Why couldn’t she had done the same for Alex?  Oh, because the movie would have been 45 minutes long.  Whoops.  Sorry David Auburn (screenwriter).

The soundtrack was decent in the fact that it didn’t take away from the movie.  In fact, I thought throwing in a little bit of Paul McCartney actually added to the tone of this movie.  The small things are what makes or breaks a movie with me.  As if you haven’t figured that out by now.  But with these small faux pas I am very surprised at my score.  Well, not really because I enjoyed this movie.  I would suggest it to anybody… if they said that they were going to watch it anyway.    By the way, I gotta say what I novel concept.  A time traveling Mailbox.  H.G. Wells passed over a gold mine!

Comic Book Movie Bonus:  Keanu Reeves: Constantine – Christopher Plummer: Priest – Ebon Moss-Bachrach: American Splendor

4‘s