The creators of “Minions” obviously never heard either of two complementary expressions: “A little goes a long way” and “too much of a good thing.”
If they had, there would be no “Minions” movie. Except, of course, what am I saying? This is a Hollywood studio, where too much of a good thing is always the desired end-product and no one wants to talk about a little of anything — they want a lot, if not all (of the money, of course).
The Minions are escapees from the “Despicable Me” animated comedies: sidekicks, elevated to the main attraction. (Two words: “The Tortellis.”) It’s probably impossible that you haven’t seen them, since they’ve turned up as hucksters for any number of product tie-ins to this film.
What’s that? You’ve been stuck in an “Inside Out” commercial loop all summer? OK, let me describe them: The Minions are the little yellow characters in goggles and denim bib overalls who look like canary-yellow time-release capsules with arms and legs. Or perhaps they look like yellow Mike & Ikes. Candy for the kids, pills for the parents.
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