Minions: The Rise of Gru

Published August 21, 2022

Minions: The Rise of Gru

Film info

  • Title Minions: The Rise of Gru
  • Director Kyle Balda
  • Year 2022
  • Run time 1hr 27m
  • Genres Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy, Animation
  • Tagline Brace yourself

Long before he becomes the master of evil, Gru is just a 12-year-old boy in 1970s suburbia, plotting to take over the world from his basement. When the infamous supervillain group, the Vicious 6, ousts their leader, Gru attempts to join their ranks but soon finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. With Gru on the run, the Minions attempt to learn martial arts to help save him, and Gru discovers that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.

Live blog

Time Comment
2:13 Two minutes in and the puns are raining down!
6:15 “Where’s your loyalty?” he asks the team of villains.
10:38 I’d take a teddy bear as a tip.
15:23 Minions play the quiet game wrong, you don’t have to pass out at the end!
18:50 “Who are these tiny tater tots and where did they get so much denim?”
29:18 All the Young Dudes!
34:28 Is it wrong that I’m sort of wanting a pet rock now.
42:30 Worst flight ever!
53:52 “Two villains, just doing some chores.”
57:11 The crocodiles sinking slowly beneath the surface… kinda terrifying.
1:05:54 I feel like he might have noticed the destruction to his house a few blocks away.
1:15:43 Little baby chicken minion.
1:19:11 “I cannot wait to fake my own death to avoid the authorities.”
1:23:40 The Big Six voice cast are SO famous but I don’t know I even heard them speak.


Despicable Me and the Minions franchise has been quite a rollercoaster, dipping up and down in quality at the same rate it jumps back and forth in time. This one was a sequel to Minions, but still a prequel to Despicable Me, so I’m not sure some of the activities stack up timeline-wise (the three became kung fu experts and then just never used it ever again?) but hey, let’s not apply logic to these amazing yellow creatures.

It’s a fun movie, probably not the best of the franchise but by no means the worst. It was entertaining, it was a good story and it had some great music in there. The Minions were the best thing in it by far, as always, and it was fun that a fourth has been added to the main trio… although no one will ever beat Bob.

I’m not sure this was totally worth the higher ‘in cinemas, rent now’ price but I don’t regret watching it!

Rating: 3 / 5

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