"Minions" is the prequel to the two "Despicable Me" movies, featuring the origins of the Minions and their long journey across space and time to find Gru, their master-to-be. Turns out the Minions have been around since the dawn of time, serving many masters, most of whom come to a bad end. With the tribe stranded in the Arctic without a suitable villain to serve, three minions set out on a long journey to find a new boss.
Kevin, Stuart, and Bob will make their way to New York City, Orlando, and finally London, to take service under Scarlett Overkill (nicely voiced by Sandra Bullock). Scarlett's dream is to steal the crown of the Queen of England and take her place on the throne. Somewhat, that evil scheme doesn't quite work out as planned. Oh, did I mention it is 1968 in London, with suitable fashions, music, and slang?
There are plenty of laughs in the movie, and the young at heart will find plenty that is funny. Unlike the earlier movies, the Minions have to carry the dramatic weight of the storyline, a role that doesn't entirely facilitate their comedy. This reviewer did get plenty of laughs out of the 1960's parody, including a well-done turn on a young and feisty Queen Elizabeth II. Recommended, especially if you have youth in your viewing party.