When I think of minions, I think of Robby Mook and Jennifer Palmieri (to name but two).
That is, if we are using the standard meaning of the word “minion”.
But the Minions are a transcendent bunch (unlike the two bootlickers I just named).
They have a sense of humor.
And thus, in the spirit of James Joyce, I give you my first film review in Minionese.
Kan urbeth odecaw boring, ta minions cono labada veela da pen a daga abaqi.
Yee la Lum, Fouwet, yee Yok ka kow kapee en a yukrya de epic proportions.
Strangely, tadda evil get she da Tarhay.
Scarlet Overkill tis a telboa evocation de Hillary Piachi.
Incidentally, ta reh marnib tos faked een 1968 ka a suka tomhes een ta USA dahbe da ba hyp.
Yee pem yippod kupa Tut Podesta tis roopa een ta torture anrig.
Ta scarlet no Hillary dit da be princess.
OKAY, ENOUGH OF THAT.
We should talk more.
About these lovable entities who seek to be slaves.
Perhaps within all of us, we are each waiting for just the right “big boss” to come along.
It makes me think of the Jimmy Reed song “Big Boss Man”…such a wonderful tune!
But the Minions (as a species?) are even too dangerous for their employers.
They do not lack devotion.
They wish nothing but to serve.
Yet, they are extremely accident-prone.
The downside risk for a potential employer is, then, astronomical.
I must say…much of this film is a masterpiece.
But there is a political message in this film.
And that is the riddle I am trying to disentangle.
The Minions aren’t just drawn to “villains”, but even beasts of great strength.
However, somehow they begin to put more import in works which most societies would categorize as criminal.
[hence the PG rating]
The funny thing about the minions…they don’t quite know why they’re doing anything…they’re just born to do it.
It is genetic.
Perhaps an atavistic reemergence of a survival mechanism (a warrior mindset) which dates to their birth as single-celled organisms.
On an artful note, these Esperanto berserkrs are led by three very vanilla-named blokes: Kevin, Bob, and Stuart.
Bob seems to have the same conjunctivitis-related eye condition (each eye a different color) as had the late David Bowie.
But it’s interesting…
These cute little mindless happy-go-lucky pseudo-pets…
In the milieu of EVIL.
If the voice of Howlin’ Wolf don’t make you believe in “Evil”, then perhaps Robert Johnson will get under your skin with “Hellhound on my Trail”.
And it’s odd.
Why this fascination with evil?
By Universal Studios. By NBCUniversal. By Comcast.
Let me elaborate…
This film was voted on at the 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards…
Yes, there are definitely some strange messages in this film.
And plenty of laughs.
And I am thoroughly biased, but I can’t imagine anyone else as the inspiration for Scarlet Overkill than Hillary Clinton.
On a side note, John Podesta’s likeness seems to make a cameo when we see the Minions working for Dracula.
And of course the torture chamber…which we asked about above in Minionese…as per WikiLeaks…is Tony Podesta still down there?
Ok, I’ve restrained myself.
No talk of certain Italian foods.
Or ballpark concessions.
Simply a door into a fascinating and very clever film directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda.
Which leaves many questions unanswered.
And I didn’t even get to Orlando.