Minions: The Rise of Gru movie review - Aussieboyreviews


The Rise of Gru is a charming sequel to 2015’s Minions, the prequel to the Despicable Me movies. It’s delightful for kids, and although adults may not enjoy it as much, there’s plenty of fun references to point out.


When 12-year-old Gru is rejected by a team of supervillains known as the Vicious six and steals a precious stone from their lair, he uses the help of another supervillain and his minions when he becomes targeted by the Vicious six.

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Movie details

Director: Kyle Balda
Cast: Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Alan Arkin, Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews
Writer: Matthew Fogel
Release Date (Australia): 23 June 2022
Runtime: 87 minutes/1h 27m
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

The film contains several instances of mild crude humour, as well as perilous situations and characters transforming into large monsters.

Violence (PG)

The film contains animated slapstick violence in the form of characters being hit with objects and multiple fight scenes.

Nudity (G)

The film contains comedic depictions of animated buttocks nudity.

mpaa rating

PG (for some action/violence and rude humor)

Aussie boy's thoughts

The reason The Rise of Gru feels like such a let down is because it lacks creativity, there’s not enough of minions, but there’s not enough of the young Gru either. That’s not to say it isn’t a movie families with young children will have fun watching, but compared to this movie’s predecessor and all the Despicable Me movies so far, The Rise of Gru is probably the flattest of each of them.

Directed by Kyle Balda from a story written and co-thought by Matthew Fogel, this Minions movie brings back Steve Carrell to voice the child-version of the “superbad-superdad” Gru and Pierre Coffin as the minions to a setting during the 1970s and behind the Despicable Me movies. If you are a Despicable Me fan or just appreciate the original movies, this film offers a delightful set of hilarious references and other jokes that’ll have the whole family laughing. The typical requirements for animated movies such as voices, animation and other things all work out well in this movie.

However, for a Despicable Me prequel titled Minions: The Rise of Gru, this film sure lacks a fair amount of time to laugh with the minions, and the child Gru doesn’t have enough of a story or motive behind him that keeps us fully appealed to the story. This film also follows the predictable Despicable Me basis of having protagonists working with their own lives, but then there’s the threat by the villain/s. And this movies group of villains may be funny, but they’re completely unoriginal, leading to the plot to be quite bland.

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