The minions are back for a second film, Minions: The Rise of Gru. This film was inspired by the characters from the Despicable Me franchise and after the first Minions film came out in 2015, this second one was long-awaited as it was delayed two years because of the global pandemic. This film is about young Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), based in the 1970s, as he tries to join a group of supervillains called the Vicious 6 after they open interviews for a new member. When Gru gets into trouble with the villains, Gru and his Minions go on the run. As the Minions find their own adventure while helping their boss, Gru finds the original member of the Vicious 6, Wild Knuckles (voiced by Alan Arkin). With Wild Knuckles, and Gru and the Minions, they take on the bad guys themselves and learn how to become the ultimate super villain and the power of fighting together.
I was anxious to see the follow-up for the first Minions film, as I wasn’t the biggest fan of it, and after the delay that covid brought, I really hoped it wouldn’t be a disappointment and it was far from it. The film was based around Gru and how he started, but still predominantly focused on the Minions. With references from the original Despicable Me films added to the plot, returning actors to join Carell, brought their old characters back to life added to the film as well. Featuring much-loved characters such as Dr. Nefario, (voiced by Russel Brand), and Marlene Gru, (voiced by Julie Andrews) and even an ending appearance from Silas Ramsbottom, (voiced by Steve Coogan).
Though the film gave the impression that it was for a younger audience, the music and comedic moments were adapted to an adult audience. I recommend this film to younger and older audiences alike.