“Les Minions 2”, flare legs and schoolboy humor

Minions 2: Once Upon a Time Gru **

by Kyle Balda, Brad Ableson and Jonathan Del Val

American animated film, 1 h 28

Does the magic potion of movie theaters in need of attendance flow through the veins of creatures in the shape of a yellow capsule? It is very likely. With the return of the Minions, zany little characters who triumphed in the first part of their adventures (6.6 million admissions in 2015), exhibitors are going to find color again, even if it’s lemony.

Born in the Despicable Me saga, there’s nothing cute about these single-celled beings. Beware of disambiguation! A “minion” is, in the language of Shakespeare (or rather Tex Avery, in this case), a henchman. That of Gru, antihero with a big heart whose formation this sequel tells.

At 12, Gru is a marginal pre-teen whose dreams have nothing in common. In a household dominated by a mother who is all the more possessive since the father has left, he only aspires to one thing: to join the “Vicious 6” gang and their legendary leader, Will Karnage. .

To do this, the young boy thinks he can do without his cumbersome yellow companions, both jokers and blunderers. But the meeting turns sour and the budding criminal realizes that he needs his servants, turbulent but faithful, to escape his new super-enemies…

Slaps, flatulence and kung fu grips

After recounting the origin of the Minions in a first film whose declines in diet were not due only to their immoderate love for bananas, this sequel has the good taste to offer a more substantial scenario.

On the frenzied rhythm of disco, rock and soul tunes of the 1970s, a strong filial relationship is born between Gru and his spiritual father, Will Karnage, a character full of energy despite his rheumatism, doubled by the rocky voices of Alan Arkin in VO and Gérard Darmon in VF, which give it a lot of relief.

Between two chases, the Minions, left to fend for themselves and seeking to help their beloved boss, string together burlesque gags based on slaps, flatulence and kung-fu grips. Swapping their famous overalls for bell bottoms, they deploy, in a sabir that borrows from half a dozen languages, their full panoply of schoolboy humor. With the certainty of putting on the yellow jersey at the box office.


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