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
  • TheNamelessCzar - 13 January 2023
    Good not great
    The minions are cute as always, but the movie lacks a little something to be desired. Gru is also cute, but the movie seems to be a series of shorts featuring the minions and displaying their cuteness rather than a complete movie. There is little cohesiveness to the plot. What plot that there is doesn't make a whole lot of sense and doesn't seem to fit in the rest of the minions' universe. There was no backstory whatsoever regarding the zodiac stone, and this left quite a few gaps and plot holes in the storyline. The first Despicable Me movies set the bar pretty high, and unfortunately this one does not quite reach that level.
  • youmatter-66542 - 6 January 2023
    Forgettable characters, everything else is good
    The thing that minions the rise of gru did that made me forget the movie was the characters. Nobody really mentioned this but the side villains in the movie barely talk, they are just known to be aggressive and grunt a lot, just doing as the main villain is told. It's so boring and makes me think they never really cared about the characters of the movie. Young Gru never talked too much as I thought in the movie, and it's supposed to be about him growing up.

    However the rest of the movie was great, it is very nice seeing the old classic despicable me references and jokes. I loved the amount of times universal and illumination played along with the "Five tickets to Minions: The Rise Of Gru please" meme.

    The only reason why I rated this half the stars is because they didn't care about the main thing, the characters.
  • MasonFraserCriticsOfficial - 4 January 2023
    Alright movie (Would recommend) (Would watch again)
    Minions the rise of gru, a cinematic masterpiece, a movie full of goofs, gaffs, and most definitely laughs, really made me feel special inside. The film gave me hope, hope that society isn't truly failed. The way that Bob, Kevin, and Stuart bonded together throughout the film was truly breathtaking, the way that they showed their appreciation for gru really made me reflect on the world today. How come, I, an Avid minions fan could never feel that much of a connection with another human however gru can have that powerful of a bond with minions who don't speak his language is extremely empowering. The movie shows how us as a society can overlook our differences to show love for one another the type of love that makes you tingly inside and makes you want to do some spicy things. The plot twist at the end really was incredible, I mean truly, to not spoil it, the scene honestly had me shed a tear, it was a masterpiece every moment something powerful was happening it's a truly underrated film and puts other movies to shame. To say that it is the best animated movie ever would be an understatement, honestly I believe this is the best film ever, never had I seen an auditorium full of such nicely dressed individuals cheer loud and proud at a film. I can't express enough how amazed I was from start to finish and I truly from the bottom of my heart thank everyone with involvement in the making of the film, the work you did to create such a classic will forever be admired, this film will be cherished by my family for generations to come as it will be the first movie I show my kids, the first movie I show my kids kids this film will live forever as it should and I really hope to see more from Gru and his silly little minions. I feel like this movie was great. The only thing that felt off was the voice actor of Gru, I feel like they could have gotten somebody a bit better. Otherwise, WONDERFUL MOVIE!
  • Benjamin-M-Weilert - 22 December 2022
    The Despicable Me prequel the first Minions movie should have been.
    It always felt weird to me that the prequel spinoff series to Despicable Me started with Minions (2015), set well before these yellow tic-tac creatures even met their eventual boss. As a true prequel to the main series, Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022) was the movie the previous Minions movie should have been. And while it definitely lives up to the somewhat immature nature of these films from Illumination, I am constantly in awe of how visually impressive these movies look despite not coming from Disney, Pixar, or Dreamworks.

    While definitely still geared toward children, Minions: The Rise of Gru definitely has its moments that parents forced to watch along with their kids will chuckle at. In particular, the names of the villains are puns well above little ones' heads but are quite amusing for the adults who know (Nun-Chuck (Lucy Lawless) being my favorite). I mean, they even got Jean-Claude Van Damme to voice Jean-Clawed. It's goofy, and you can turn your mind off to enjoy the flashy colors for almost an hour and a half.

    My only gripe is that this movie didn't quite integrate its A and B storylines that well. Sure, they come together at the end to save the day, but they might as well have been two separate movies: one where the Minions train and one where Gru (Steve Carell) is mentored by Wild Knuckles (Alan Arkin). Still, as far as origin stories go, there are enough references to the main Despicable Me series to explain how everything got started prior to the first Despicable Me (2010) movie. I only hope that this movie marks the end of the Minions spin-off series since there's really nowhere else to go with it now.

    The Despicable Me prequel the first Minions movie should have been, I give Minions: The Rise of Gru 3.5 stars out of 5.
  • cardsrock - 20 December 2022
    Getting to the point of diminishing returns
    While there are still a decent number of laughs and clever references, this franchise is starting to run out of gas. The first Minions movie and Despicable Me 3 were already showing some signs of franchise fatigue and Rise of Gru further exemplifies this. It's not the worst animated film out there, but it just isn't too outstanding.

    The plot is fine and has some decent lessons. The voice cast is pretty stacked as well. However, they are all a bit buried in their weird characters. The 70s time period provides some fun entertainment, but it's all a bit surface level. The Rise of Gru is perfectly adequate, but that is a bit of a step down for this franchise.
  • drewvogelaar - 12 December 2022
    Not Great if you over Seven
    Minions: Rise of Gru is the fifth film in the Despicable Me franchise. It is the second film in the Minions sub-franchise. It is also the 3rd straight film in this franchise that did not need to be made. At the end of the day still an absolute blast for younger kids. This is also by no means a Franchise on its last leg, given its nearly one billion dollars box office intake. I just personally don't see much need to keep making them.

    Minions: Rise of Gru has a mixture of positives and negatives. I can not speak more highly of Steve Carrell as the title character Gru. Carrell is an absolute blast in nearly every single film he participates in. Without his scenes, I would not have been able to tolerate sitting through this movie. I enjoyed Alan Arkin as wild knuckles. He is perfect as the supervillain turned mentor. The setting of this film was something I also rather liked. The beginning scene in the jungle is good, but the seventies setting is something I was drawn to. The film is also choke full of throwback seventies songs that put you in a good mood. But even with all these positives, the negatives really brought down the film for me. Like the rest of this franchise, it is clearly intended for children. This film feels more intended for children than the previous films. This film also proves that the Minions still can't carry a franchise. As with Minions (2015), the gags the minions are involved with are not funny to anyone over seven.

    6.5/10 A fun family film that only is weighed down by the title characters themselves.
  • thadeusgreyson - 6 December 2022
    Not bad, but nothing new
    The sequel to a spin-off from a really great film, that brings a lot of energy and colour, but ends up just a bit better than the first "Minions" movie.

    Where this film is better than its predecessor is the fact that Gru is a more integral part of the story. Getting a more complete origin story for other characters from the original Despicable Me film is also a nice bonus.

    What annoyed me was the under utilisation of some of the actors used for the villains, none of them stood out from each other in a memorable way. That and the somewhat predictable nature of the story combined with the way too convenient way the newest minion gets back the "macguffin" needed to complete the story.
  • HafizhMaulana21 - 20 November 2022
    Entertaining, good development of Gru, Minions stick with its cuteness
    The story of the journey of a 12-year-old boy who now has aspirations to become a world-famous supervillain. Together with his followers, the Minions, he devises an evil plan to be able to join a group of super villains, Vicisious 6.

    So far, for me his first film is still fun and entertaining. That's not to say the second film isn't entertaining, but it's much more comfortable for the first film to enjoy. This second film focuses a lot on the development of Gru's character who has aspirations of becoming a super villain. In the end, we can see the changes and development of Gru's character who will become a superhero. This second film is fresh with a differentiator in terms of the adventure presented. Perhaps the flaw in this film is in the lack of entertainment in the Minions' travel story. Although this film is indeed entertaining for the development of the story from Gru itself. That said, this film has its own storyline and conflict between the two of them, Gru and Minions. Built differently but still sticks to a well-connected one-story path. Overall, the film remains entertaining and funny.

    The existence of new characters outside the Minions Trio (Kevin, Bob Stuart) is a refresher of this film. Toto, being a minions who look silly but in fact have an impact on the storyline of this film. Toto's existence also seems to be a new idol in this film outside of the Minions Trio considering that there are not many scenes for them but once they are present it has its own cuteness. The existence of Vicious 6 as the main villain group also doesn't show too much of their role, except for Belle Bottom who talks a lot.
  • BandSAboutMovies - 11 November 2022
    The sequel to the spin-off prequel Minions and the fifth movie in the Despicable Me franchise, this is actually the first I've seen. And you know, I liked it! Directed by Kyle Balda and written by Matthew Folgel, this episode takes place in 1976 as the young Gru (Steve Carrell) tries to join his dream supervillain team, Vicious 6, which is made up of Belle Bottom (Taraji P. Henson), Jean-Clawed (yes, JCVD!), Svengeance (Dolph Lundgren), Stronghold (Danny Trejo), Nun-chuck (Lucy Lawless) and Wild Knuckles (Alan Arkin). Plus, you get Julie Andrews as Gru's mother, the RZA as a biker, Michelle Yeoh as Master Chow and Russell Brand as the record store owning Dr. Nefario.

    Oh yeah - Pierre Coffin plays Kevin, Stuart, Bob, Otto and the rest of the Minions. But I was amazed at what this movie does: it gives fathers of a certain age a cast from movies that they grew up loving and gives them a movie that they can enjoy with their kids. How cool is that?

    Yeah I know - this site is usually me salivating over giallo. But even I can appreciate a fun kid movie.
  • 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.
  • milesrob-172601 - 8 November 2022
    Minions forever funny!
    Wow I love freaking laughed at the New Minions!!! They are yellow Twinkie creatures! And it follows their leader Gru! And they have more funny adventures. The little twinkie guys have more fun and meet Gru their freaking leader dude! All from Despicable Me , Despicable Me 2 and 3. All nice movies too

    Nice Animation, great voice acting and new characters featured and unlike the 2015 minions with that sexy Scarlett Overkill villian lady Minions Minions! And where was Sexy Overkill oh that's right she got frozed up by them and they gave her a crown lol

    You won't be disapointed to laugh at them!
  • matheusswsantos - 6 November 2022
    Not the best, but not bad for children
    Honestly the worst of the series. It became more focused for younger children than the previous ones. It had potential with some characters and jokes, but in overall it was too childish. It's more for 7,8 year olds while the others could be enjoyed by the whole family having elements for adults, teens and children. This is a step back in my opinion. Maybe it's an end of an era of minions.

    I just hope producers don't become too much like Disney and keep holding on the overall audience instead of targeting only a group. As parents, we also want to enjoy what our kids watch and not just stay there as a companionship.
  • wackoreviews - 5 November 2022
    Its made for kids remember
    Minions: The Rise of Gru

    Just sit there, relax, and laugh. 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.

    This origin story movie actually does give the fans some really interesting and unexplained facts and other facts that are just fun to know. However, some didn't make sense, like when we see a photo of young Vector looking very close to Gru's age, while in the first Despicable Me movie there is about a 30 year age difference between the two. The movie is also super hilarious. There's literally something funny happening 90% of the time even if it's a very tiny detail in the background of the screen (the work on details is phenomenal).

    However, the main plot definitely isn't the best. Also, although some of the action is good in the movie, the final fight scene was a bit underwhelming and expected. Nevertheless, the ending was pretty fun.

    In short, if you really want to enjoy this movie, don't consider it a movie, rather try thinking about it as an animated stand up comedy for kids.

  • samog-98289 - 1 November 2022
    Better than the first Minions movie and Despicable Me 3 but didn't quite make a billion dollars sadly
    I going to do my best to not spoil everything in this review let's get started shall we; in this prequel-sequel, Steve Carell is back as a younger version of Gru who we were introduced in the previous film and as an adult in the Despicable Me movies which is now getting a fourth film in the franchise! The three amigos' minions are also back from the first one Kevin is once again the leader of the group, Stuart is the comic relief and Bob is cute as always (my favourite Minion) were introduced to a brand new Minion named Otto who makes his debut in this flick and will return in Despicable Me 4 also do stick around for the credits (trust me it's worth the wait). Overall even though Minions 2: The Rise of Gru isn't as good as the first two Despicable Me movies it's still better than the first entry of the prequel based on the franchise and Despicable Me 3! One of the sets I bought of the film is Bob with robot arms based on LEGO Sets & that's why I'm giving this movie a 6/10! Kids and family will enjoy it but sadly didn't make a billion dollars unlike Minions and Despicable Me 3! Have fun everyone!!! XD.