Minions: The Rise of Gru also known as Minions 2 is an American computer-animated comedy film produced by Illumination and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is the progression to the spin-off prelude Minions and the fifth installment in the Despicable Me franchise. The film is directed by Kyle Balda, with Jonathan del Val and Brad Ableson as the co-directors.
The animated film follows the story of a 12-year-old’s dream to be the planet’s greatest supervillain. The young lad comes up with a plan to be evil enough to join the supervillain apex group known as the Vicious six. The film has some of the big actors such as Taraji P. Henson, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Danny Trejo, Julie Andrews, Alan Arkin, Dolph Lundgren, Lucy Lawless, and Michelle Yeoh.
The film is set just after the 2015 Minions movie but this time it’s set in the heart of the 1970s. When Gru, the 12-year-old fanboy decides to interview for membership in the group when the Vicious Six fire their leader, things don’t go well. They only get worse after Gru steals a precious object from the group with the help of other minions. He finds himself on the wrong side of the vicious gang and has to take off. Gru turns to a not likely source for help, Wild Knuckles, and he later comes to realize that even the bad people need a little help from friends.
The production of the animated film started in July 2017, and the fans only came to learn the Movie’s title in May 2019. The film is scheduled for release in the U.S. on July 1st, 2022 by Universal pictures. From the teaser, fans can expect slapstick violence, peril, destruction, and explosions, and perhaps some salty language and rude humor. The release date was pushed for another year due to the global spread of COVID-19 that made an unparalleled impact on the entertainment sector. Movie productions were shut down and movie premieres indefinitely delayed.
Illumination was forced to close their France studios as a result, hence unable to finish the film in time and forcing Universal to push the date. Due to the fluidity of the situation, there’s no telling when things will normalize. However, the new release date should serve the film very well as it will still be one of Universal’s big summer draws. It’ll be playing in a period where the Despicable Me franchise has witnessed a lot of success in the past years. The first Minions spinoff grossed over $2 billion globally, and it is only logical that Universal would want to keep the same in the summer.
From the teaser, there’s a lot of action, humor, and suspense making it ideal for both adults and young ones.