Minions

The Despicable Me sidekicks get their own franchise offshoot, which is explained as a prequel to their time with criminal mastermind Gru (Steve Carell), when they were lowly but eager underlings in sea

click to enlarge The minions hang out with Scarlett Overkill (Sandra Bullock).
The minions hang out with Scarlett Overkill (Sandra Bullock).

The Despicable Me sidekicks get their own franchise offshoot, which is explained as a prequel to their time with criminal mastermind Gru (Steve Carell), when they were lowly but eager underlings in search of a super-villain with the right stuff to lead them to nefarious glory. Here, they team up with Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock) and her inventor husband Herb (Jon Hamm) for world domination, but you just know that the Overkills’ slightly-less-than-best-laid plans will be thwarted by random acts of goodness. The superb vocal cast — Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, Geoffrey Rush and even Carell — has me wishing for a live-action movie with this crew though. (Opens wide Friday) — (PG) Not screened in time for review