Today after work, I was treated to a matinee. Afternoon matinees are always the way to go when you’re on a strict budget. Some theatres still have afternoon matinees for $5 or $6 which is not bad considering the regular prices are now $10+ these days. After being mildly amused and entertained by the two “Despicable Me” animated movies in the past, I decided to check out “Minions” featuring those adorable, babbling yellow creatures from “Despicable Me”. The movie follows the minions on their quest through history to find an evil leader, as it is their race’s purpose in life to serve. When the tribe begins to stagnate after years of having no master to serve, three scouts are sent out into the world to find their next master which leads them to 1960s New York and then England working for a villain named Scarlet Overkill, voiced by Sandra Bullock. Other featured voice talents include Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Jennifer Saunders, Geoffrey Rush, and Pierre Coffin as the Minions. It was okay, it had its moments, but I will admit it did not wow me. Children will love it though and it does have a catchy soundtrack. As an adult viewer, I would give this a 6.5 out of 10 points and say this one is pretty much for the kiddies.
I have noticed that I forgot to opinionate on another recent movie I’ve caught at the matinee. Back on the 4th of July, I watched “Jurassic World” starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, and “Law & Order” alums BD Wong and Vincent D’Onofrio. The premise is your basic mankind messing with things he shouldn’t, things go terribly wrong, people start dying, someone steps up to the plate to lead in rescuing people, two wandering children lost in the middle of nowhere and in danger of being eaten by the monster on the loose, and there is also the obligatory a-hole who you just hope is the first in line to be dinodinner. Firstly, the good: good effects, good acting, good story, well produced. The bad: formulaic and predictable, and if you’ve seen the original “Jurassic Park” it reeks of remake. Aside from a couple dinosaurs being manmade genetically altered abominations so they could have even more “cooler and scarier” dinosaurs to attract visitors, and the fact that the dinosaurs are CGI now and not animatronics, it’s pretty much “Jurassic Park” but on steroids. This remake was not cringeworthy luckily enough and was enjoyable enough to keep my interest. 7.5 out of 10. Originality was lacking but not a bad film on the whole.