The Latest in the Lighting Movie Franchise – Deadline

The Minions have risen to dizzying heights since Sergio Pablos gave birth to what would become the franchise about 12 years ago – if you lose count, their offspring includes three distinct sequels (one due two years later), two presenters, over a dozen shorts, a TV special, Video games and theme parks are an inescapable attraction.

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For parents who may have lost track (children tend not to forget such things), despicable me gave birth to her first legitimate offspring, disciples, five years ago, and while it’s hard to argue that it was worth the wait (his debut was delayed by two years due to Covid), this sequel to San Francisco’s hippie era offers reasonable entertainment for about an hour. , only to override her welcome afterwards. However, it will keep the kids tolerably entertained when it opens via Universal on Friday.

Among the many other factors it has in its favour, this is yet another lighting creation that adults will not only relish, but can enjoy somewhat, thanks in large part to the deceptive jokes of the counterculture, hilariously retrofitted wardrobes, and shelving. About the biker culture and soundtrack of the ’70s; At one point, a major villain walks into a record store booth to restore his self-esteem by listening to Linda Ronstadt’s “You’re Not Good.”

But while such amusement is abundantly prevalent throughout the film, which is impressively well designed and animated, there is also an all-encompassing feeling of running down the smoke here, continuing the exploits of some high-income characters simply because they are financially worth it, Not because inspiration requires it. There are, in the end, simply too many narrative twists, close calls, frantic chases, left turns and right turns made just to fill the 90 minutes of feature film time.

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all the same, disciples It goes down without much of an annoyance, and a reasonable laugh quotient serves as a clear reminder that comedy has been in short supply on the big screen so far this year.

Since the last time Vicious Six was seen she has been experiencing some turmoil, most recently toppling one of them, Alan Arkin’s Wild Knuckles. This unexpected opening inspired Gru (Steve Carell) to apply for the job – “I want to be a super villain!” , declares out loud – but when he is rejected, new strategies must be found.

He takes revenge on the theft of the gang’s most valuable possession, the Zodiac Stone, and is immediately pursued by the Wild Knuckles and the gang, who at this dwindling stage consist of Belle Bottom (Taraji P. Henson), Stronghold (Danny) Trejo), Nunchuck (Lucy Lawless) and Svengeance ( Dolph Lundgren) and Jean-Clauded (Jean-Claude Van Damme).

From this point on, disciples It switches to non-stop action mode, bringing it to the heart of the decades-old San Francisco counterculture. In distinctly humble moods, hippies meet biker baddies (who turn into animals) in a raucous climax that spikes with a fair amount of location and era-specific humor that’s sure to get over young heads, not that it’s going to matter with so much going on. The other once unleashed the power of the Zodiac Stone. Even when the movie seems to have turned into overdrive and diminishing returns, you still feel the smartypants brigade is in control; They only hit doubles instead of running on their home ground.

It almost goes without saying that the visuals are sharp, imaginative, clever, and sometimes more so than the dialogue, not to mention that the colorful audio crew doesn’t do a top-notch job. No doubt Gru will be back for more rounds now that he’s up.

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