Do NOT expose yourself, your children, your mother or father, or even the family pet to this evil and horrendously confused idea of children's entertainment. It is an embarrassment that such a movie would even be created, much less marketed to young children! It portrays evil as good, sexy, desirable, satisfying, funny, respectable and super-villian status as a mark of achievement and success. As I am sure most parents know, children are extrodinarily impressionable, and once a thought or idea is planted, it becomes very difficult to uproot. In this case, it is particularly worrisome, given the popularity and extraordinary marketing of these minion characters. I was VERY disappointed with this movie, as was my husband. I had high hopes, as I found the minions in the original Despicable Me movie endearing, and not actually "evil," just cute and fumbling, albeit mindlessly loyal. We took our 6 year old daughter, and our 8 year old neighbor to see the movie. In the beginning of the movie, it is explained that minions have existed since the beginning of life on earth and are a result of evolution. (Oh boy... but, ok, whatever... )Then, still very early on in the movie, the narrator explains that the minions are only happy and have meaning in life when they are serving the greatest evil master they can find in existence, (what?! Like who?! Hitler? Satan?). A T-Rex then becomes their master but is killed, accidentally by the minions, by falling into the opening of a lava filled volcano. (I whisper to my husband, that was a little graphic, he agrees). The movie carries on advocating evil, including a scene in which an entire, seemingly normal, family, complete with young children, puts on masks, pulls out guns, robs a bank, destroys property, engages in a high speed chase with police, shoots paint at the police car windows, and then, the minions seem to accidentally shoot a grenade launcher or something with causes the police to crash (It seems anyway, and I was given the impression, because of the nature of the crash and not seeing the police afterwards, that they were killed!) The 8 year old turns to me, after this scene, with a big grin and a sort of laugh and says, "they just got a lot if money!" He seemed excited but also surprised. I was NOT happy. And, it was sometime during this scene that my husband suggested maybe we walk out. I didn't want to. I thought how disappointed the kids would be, that it would be a waste of money, that perhaps the 8 year old's mother would be angry with me for getting him excited to go to the mivies then walking out. (She would not likely understand my decision to walk out, and doesnt seem to be the sort of person who would deem this movie inappropriate for children, considering she has let one of her young boys watch the Walking Dead) And, even though I knew it was rotten, and rather realistic for the children, but there had to be SOME redeemable quality before the end, right? Some turn around that sends a positive message and shows that evil is not good, and that evil really IS wrong. After all, it's a kid movie, so won't it? NOPE. The movie follows theminions to 'Villain-Con', a convention literally celebrating the most wicked human beings on Earth, and where the minions hope to find their most evil master. The highlight of the convention is a super-villian named Scarlett Overkill, who is not only extraordinarily evil, but also openly portrayed as seductive, and lusted after by an auditorium full of evil men. It is at this point that my husband and I are discussing our exit strategy. The absolute nail in the coffin was the meeting between Scarlett Overkill and her husband, which was downright sexualized. Maybe I'm of a very reserved constitution, but that sort of behavior is deplorable in front of young children. I wouldn't allow a living couple to talk and act like that in front of my child! Why would I pay money for a cartoon character to do so? I didnt have to say anything, however, my husband said, "Ive had enough." And we walked out. This is the ONLY time I have EVER walked out on a movie and I am happy to say that we did, and I am sorry that the rest of the audience stayed. Some with children younger than mine. How can you expect anything good to come out of amass marketing scheme that popularizes characters for children that only desire to serve the most evil master they can find? A movie which glorifies and exalts evil as the highest goal of man? There are so many GOOD movies out there, even benign movies, why fill your mind, or your child's mind with this rubbish? At least in the first Despicable Me movie, the main character was turned around from self glorifying to self sacrificing, and the minions and the jokes were actually funny. This movie wasn't even funny, and I wanted to like it! The minion movie is a result of greed, fervent advertising, exploitation of children's receptivity to fads and pop culture, and a society that has absolutely demonized traditional objective values. I am embarrassed that our country is in such a state that the creators of this movie thought it would be well received! If something similar had been produced and marketed to children when my mother was young, there would be so much outright disgust among the population as a whole that the movie would have been pulled in under a week. This is a disappointing moment for the arts in America, the be sure!
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Violence & scariness