Minions: The Rise of Gru

Minions: The Rise of Gru

A fanboy of a supervillain supergroup known as the Vicious 6, Gru hatches a plan to become evil enough to join them, with the backup of his followers, the Minions.

  • Released: 2022-05-30
  • Runtime: 87 minutes
  • Genre: Action, Animation, Family
  • Stars: Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Russell Brand, Alan Arkin, Taraji P. Henson, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Michelle Yeoh, Julie Andrews, RZA, Jacob Batalon, Will Arnett, Steve Coogan, Jimmy O. Yang, Kevin Michael Richardson, John DiMaggio, Michael Beattie, Colette Whitaker, Raymond S. Persi, Kyle Balda, Bob Bergen, Beau Billingslea, Cathy Cavadini, David Chen, Will Collyer, Meilee Condron, Antonio Raul Corbo, Debi Derryberry, Scarlett Estevez, Kellen Goff, Jake Green, Isa Hall, Ramone Hamilton, Aaron Hendry, Barbara Harris, JP Karliak, Evan Kishiyama, Sam Lavagnino, Dawnn Lewis, Amari McCoy, Levi Nunez, Benjamin Plessala, Alex Puccinelli, David J. Randolph, Carla Rempp, Nev Scharrel, James Sie, Mindy Sterling, Fred Tatasciore, Regina Taufen, Nisa Ward, Debra Wilson, Nora Wyman, Bastian Baker, Valentine Zhou, Asto Montcho, Frédérique Cantrel, Gad Elmaleh, Claudia Tagbo, Jonathan Cohen, Gérard Darmon, Hélène Babu, Christophe Rouzaud, Grégory Questel, Daniel Koenigsberg, Pierre Forest, Omar Sy, Dwayne Johnson
  • Director: Kyle Balda, Joseph Kosinski, Kyle Balda
  • darapjohnson - 6 December 2023
    The end?
    I don't know whether this is a unpopular opinion or not, but I actually preferred this over the first Minions movie and i'm sticking to that. I liked the plot surrounding Gru and his upcoming together with the Minions and him trying to get into a supervillain group but everything just starts turning into chaos and so on and so forth. Minions had their own funny enjoyable storyline too and it all concludes nicely in the end tying everything up with a nice knot. Again, not anything amazing, but I did kind of enjoy myself with this one.

    And with this, it has been the end to a somewhat amazing franchise (so far? No idea whether they're going to make more.) Despite my many compliments but also many criticisms, all in all, I would definitely recommend the Despicable Me/Minions franchise but I would recommend even more so if you don't have a lot of time to watch movies to just stick to the 2 first Despicable Me's.
  • cinemapersonified - 13 June 2023
    Pretty Bad Movie
    Rating: 5.7 Overall, its just a kids movie with adorable moments, but not that serious of a movie (even though the social media marketing has made it an importance to go see this movie (which I do love)).

    Decent Direction (Able to move the movie forward and keep the audience captivated enough), Pretty Good Acting (Pretty Good from Steve Carell (Commands all the scenes he is in and has the iconic Gru voice but does not really change his inflection so much to portray a younger version of Gru (still kinda just sounds like Gru)), Good from Pierre Coffin (really is able to make the Minions really adorable with the different voices and inflections he is able to do), Decent to Pretty Good from the rest of the cast), Decent Story (Nothing really spectacular as it is a pretty predictable plot that is harmless for a children's movie), Pretty Good Screenplay (Simplistic yet adorable as it is tailored more for the audience to care and laugh at the minions, also more suited for the younger audience), Decent Score/Soundtrack, Pretty Good Sound (helps bring the minions voices to life), Pretty Good Editing, Good Animation (really is a unique style that Illumination has as it really helps bring the minions to life), Plot Structure is pretty formulaic and predictable (but it is nice to see them do a parallel narrative structure), Pacing was extremely fast (given that the movie is only 88 minutes, there should have been at least 10-15 minutes added), Build to climax was very formulaic and predictable; climax was pretty predictable, Tone was that of a kids movie but it did have flavors of 70s blaxploitation, It needs to be studied how much of an impact social media had on getting everyone to go to the movies as it was incredible to see the reception this movie got on Tik Tok and Twitter from Memers.
  • gereldau - 5 February 2023
    Minions Forever
    Anything minion is my choice when I need a good laugh. I can NEVER get through any of these movies without rewinding because I've laughed at something they've done and I had to go back to see it again. Even though they are very few different looks to them all of the different personalities are sweet and hilarious 😂.......they cause trouble in the own sweet adorable ways but you can't be made at them......they'll help each other out but also set up one another for failure just like a typical family.....I enjoy the different outfits that they wear to fit in to each situation. By far I will say that these are my favorite animated characters.
  • CinemaClown - 10 November 2022
    A Minor Improvement At Best
    A rather surprising improvement over its miserable predecessor, Minions: The Rise of Gru does feature all the elements that made the previous entry such a chore to sit through but there is a clarity in structure & sense of direction this time around that makes it a bit more bearable than before and also brings this spin-off series closer in spirit to the Despicable Me saga.

    Directed by Kyle Balda, the story concerns 11-year old Gru and covers his journey to becoming a supervillain instead of being all about the adventures of his little henchmen. The target audience are still the young rascals, with the plot not having enough juice to keep the adults entertained & amused. The writing is somewhat better than last time but it's not that big of a leap either.

    The film nonetheless comes packed with minions' shenanigans but with the premise being closer to the original and actually serving as a true prequel, it's not empty & annoying gags all the time. The parodic elements are hilarious whenever they hit the sweet spot, which doesn't happen very often. And the story as a whole also does well to connect the dots & bring all relevant characters together.

    Overall, Minions: The Rise of Gru offers a better adventure when compared to the previous entry but it is only a minor upgrade than a vastly superior follow-up. Having a premise that provides a backstory to the original and also laden with ample throwbacks to keep things moving, it proves to be an appeasing delight for children and a lighthearted but disposable offering for the rest of the crowd.
  • arthur_tafero - 7 October 2022
    Minions Better Than Horror Films - Minions: The Rise of Gru
    I have seen enough cartoons that pose as movies. I only go to them to please my son who loves Minions movies. I like them a bit myself, but one or two is enough. After that, there is little to differentiate them other than the title. That goes for all cartoon sequels, superhero sequels, and just about any other franchise that has sequels. With the exception of Godfather 2, I have never seen a sequel that was better than the original. Well, Maybe The Empire Strikes Back, but that would only be two out a few thousand sequels. If you have never seen a Minions film, then by all means, see this one; they are all pretty much the same, but at least they have a certain level of quality.
  • MovieWatcher2023 - 19 September 2022
    Went to see this one in the theater
    We were excited to see Minions Rise of Gru in the theater after hearing it was a big hit. Glad we did! What a fun, feel good movie for kids and adults. Has all the characters you love like Gru, Kevin, Bob, Dr. Nefario, and some new characters and new villians.

    Loved to see the evolution of Gru and how he became a "Super Villian", even though he is just a really nice guy. The fact that Gru and the Minions are supposed to be villians, but are actually lovable characters is why these movies have been so popular with the kids.

    Minions Rise of Gru is hilarious!

    Such an entertaining must see movie!