The loveable, laughable little yellow fellows all but stole the limelight in 2010’s Despicable Me and its 2013 sequel, building a solid fan base of their own, spawning a lucrative line of merchandise in the process and now, perhaps inevitably, they’ve been given their very own feature length film.
Minions, it turns out, have existed since the dawn of time, serving a string of masters from T-Rex to Napoleon, all of whom they have unwittingly killed. The cute critters find themselves in a depressed, leaderless funk in self-imposed Antarctic exile, until a trip to 1960s London via Orlando puts them in league with Scarlett Overkill (Sandra Bullock).
There is a loose plot in there somewhere, something about an attempt by Kevin, Stuart and Bob (all voiced by Pierre Coffin) to save all of minionkind from complete annihilation, but it almost comes second to the slapstick craziness which, in all fairness, is actually pretty funny. Minion-speak is an incoherent babble, so it’s somewhat of a relief when the English-speaking characters arrive, although, ultimately, Minions seems content for its eponymous heroes to stay in the shadow of their master, as opposed to creatively striking out in its own direction.
On the eve of a high school production, a group of popular kids sneak into the school auditorium to sabotage the set. They soon learn that a production of the same play, called The Gallows, lead to the accidental death of its lead actor 20 years earlier. With all doors locked and the phone lines down, they realise that someone – or something – is out for revenge. The found footage genre was novel when it first surfaced in mainstream horror, but The Blair Witch Project was a long time ago and The Gallows simply doesn’t do anything clever enough to mark itself out as different.
After a seemingly innocuous accident leads to the injury of one of their own, the pixies that live at the end of Joe’s (Sean Patrick O’Reilly) garden decide to wage all out war, which amounts to pretty much torture in several cases, on their hapless victim, ensuring he lives a life of misfortune. The bumbling mechanic will have to unlock the secrets of the mysterious pixies if he wants to get the love of his life back. The animation is sub-par and while the pixies eventually come good, they’re just plain unlikeable for too much of the film.
Preview: Paper Towns
Adapted from the John Green novel of the same name, Paper Towns tells the story the enigmatic Margo (Cara Delevinge) who disappears after taking her neighbour, Quentin (Nat Wolff), on an all-night adventure across their hometown. Quentin is then left to decipher Margo’s cryptic clues with his friends as they embark on an exhilarating trip to find love.
Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn) lives a simple life with his nearest and dearest in Goa, where he runs a cable TV network. But when his family become the prime suspects in the case of a young boy’s disappearance, Vijay must endeavour to save his loved ones from the darker side of the law.