Okay, but I have low expectations for the movie. I don’t hate Minions; in fact, I find them to be charming and often funny. I enjoyed the first two movies, and the Minions spinoff movie. The third movie…wasn’t great, but I think Minions: The Rise Of Gru will be even worse.
The main reason I feel this way is because it’s centered around Gru. I guess that for a Despicable Me prequel, centering around a young Gru makes sense. But the thing is, the Minions movies are supposed to be spinoffs of Despicable Me. By definition, a spinoff is a movie where a side character is given the lead role. By making the main character of Despicable Me the main character of a Minions spinoff, it defeats the purpose of a spinoff. Gru’s cameo at the end of the first Minions movie worked, because it was a CAMEO. But a starring role…yeah, that would be better for a prequel that’s just “Rise of Gru.”
This one’s nitpicky, but the voice acting in the trailer (for Gru, at least) was pretty bad. I like Steve Carell as much as the next guy, but in the movie, Gru’s supposed to be 12. And in the trailer, he sounds like he’s 40.
But also, I feel like the Despicable Me franchise is overstaying its welcome. Like I said before, I wanted to like the third one, but it just wasn’t that good. And apparently there’s gonna be a fourth one. Hoo boy. Ice Age proved how an animated franchise that was cute and funny to start with can decay until it’s just dumb sequel after dumb sequel. And unfortunately, it looks like Despicable Me might go the same route.