“Holly on Hollywood”
By Holly McClure
The animated “Minions” begin with an amusing look at their origins, tracing their historical quest for the most despicable master they can find; from following a T. Rex, to worshipping Pharaohs, Napoleon and others, up to the 19th century. Then in the 1960’s, (before Gru) a trio of Minions – Kevin, Stuart, and Bob (all voiced by co-director Pierre Coffin) are recruited by the world’s first female super-villain, Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), who, along with her husband Herb (Jon Hamm), hatches a plot to become the Queen of England by stealing the crown jewels from the Tower of London.
This PG kid friendly movie is like one long, frenzied, Saturday morning cartoon, which may appeal more to kids than adults. Kevin, Stuart and Bob, are the stars who steal the show with their incoherent language and expressive big eyes – you may not understand their Minionese – but you know exactly what they’re saying. They’re funny, entertaining and great foils to Bullock’s villainous Scarlet. I enjoyed the hilarious trip to “Villain-Con,” (a nod to San Diego’s infamous Comic-Con) where the Minions get a glimpse of hundreds of colorful evildoers, including the patriarch of a bank-robbing family voiced by Michael Keaton who steals the show.
The Minions are best as sidekicks, so if you find yourself missing Gru, don’t’ worry, “Despicable Me 3,” is due the summer 2017.
“Remember to Choose Your Movies Wisely”
~Holly On Hollywood~
Holly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative director, filmographer, radio and television host, author and pundit for family values, has established her expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment.
Holly was the first family film critic syndicated in over 365 newspapers with The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on TBN, Daystar and can now be seen on Uplift TV, The Word Network, UANetwork, Parables.tv and other affiliates.
In 2002, Mel Gibson asked Holly to come to Italy and film the behind-the-scenes interviews for The Passion of the Christ. She produced a one hour special, The Making of The Passion of the Christ (TBN, ION) and has since produced numerous press features for films like; Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, House, Thr3e, One Night With the King, Midnight Clear, The Visitation, Hangman’s Curse and others.
Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother, mentor and Christian, and passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!