‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ to hit Philippine cinemas on June 29

Published June 27, 2022, 10:41 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

“Minions: The Rise of Gru,” a new film in the beloved franchise, will be shown in Philippine cinemas nationwide on June 29.

The new movie tracks how the Minions met their ultimate boss during his younger self as an aspiring villain.

“Minions: The Rise of Gru” (Universal Pictures)

Being cautious as a young villain aspirant trying to get in the infamous supervillain group called the Vicious 6, Gru is at first resistant towards the Minions when they first met but eventually won him over with their hard work and irresistible charm.

As a mini boss during their younger years, the Minions have fully supported all of Gru’s ideas and what he wants to become.

“Minions: The Rise of Gru” is set in the 1970s that provided filmmakers with a wide array of music, fashion and pop-culture references.

“I was about the same age that Gru is in our film when I grew up in the ’70s, so it’s very personal to me. The television, the music, the cars, the hairstyles, the bell bottoms—there was just a lot of flair to everything. And with the vibrant colors, the sparkles, disco—it was a visual decade, for sure, and very nostalgic to look back at this era for inspiration,” said director Kyle Balda.

He added, “Another major reference and inspiration was kung fu films of the ’70s. We scoured a lot of the movies that I enjoyed as a kid. Some of the sequences that we have in this movie are a tribute to that genre and the great work that’s been done in the likes of Jackie Chan’s ‘Drunken Master’ and Stephen Chow’s ‘Kung Fu Hustle’ and ‘Shaolin Soccer.’”

The movie features the voices of Steve Carell as Gru, Taraji P. Henson as Belle Bottom, Lucy Lawless as Nunchuck, Dolph Lundgren as Svengeance, Danny Trejo as Stronghold, Jean-Claude Van Damme as Jean-Clawed, Michelle Yeoh as Master Chow, Russell Brand as the young Dr. Nefario and Julie Andrews as Gru’s mom.

“Minions: The Rise of Gru,” a Universal Pictures and Illumination animated feature film, is the fifth movie in the franchise that has earned more than $3.7 billion worldwide.