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Review of Minions: The Rise of Gru

In the 1970s, young Gru tries to join a group of supervillains called the Vicious 6 after they oust their leader -- the legendary fighter Wild Knuckles. When the interview turns disastrous, Gru and his Minions go on the run with the Vicious 6 hot on their tails. Luckily, he finds an unlikely source for guidance -- Wild Knuckles himself -- and soon discovers that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.

Minions: the Rise of Gru, came out on July 1st, 2022 and took the world by storm. Excited viewers donning suits, bananas and yellow body paint have filled theaters across the country these past few weeks. Many ask “why, why the excitement?” Why the internet obsession? I was wondering this as well, so I decided to ask some friends and moviegoers to share their experience.

When asking people why they went out to see the movie I got many similar responses: “ my friend told me to see it”, “I was hearing about it a lot and thought I'd check it out”, and “kind of came to see it as a joke, but I enjoyed it.”

When I first heard about this movie coming out I had nearly zero interest in seeing it. However, after hearing about it so much online, I thought I would check it out. As it turns out, after leaving the theater, I felt better than when I had walked in. The goofy and lovable minions won me over with their innocence and humor. For that hour and a half I forgot about all the mayhem going on in our world and was wholeheartedly invested in this small want-to-be villain and his overall-wearing disciples.

I believe this movie gained so much traction because people were looking for something to distract themselves from everything going on. This movie is not profound nor award worthy, however it was exactly what people need right now. The pure innocence of Gru and his minions let everyone experience that carefree feeling people have been looking for.

--Olivia Gibbons, Screen Thoughts Reviewer


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