‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ – Make This Franchise Stop (Please!)

Those scene-stealing Minions are back, and your tolerance for them will determine if “Minions: The Rise of Gru” is a colorful romp or akin to dental surgery.

The fifth film in the franchise (three “Despicables,” two Minion off-shoots) made this critic wish we never met Gru in the first place.

The lovable supervillain seemed colorful at first, but it’s getting harder to root for someone willing to do very bad things without the wit to pull off that moral quandary. Even more exasperating? The Minions’ brand of slapstick humor, divine in small doses, can’t sustain a whole movie.

Not even one which wraps in a merciful 87 minutes as “Rise” does.

Steve Carell is the voice of Gru once more, but the story opens with his future supervillain as a pre-teen. He still wants...

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Jul 1st 2022
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