Recently, the Supreme Court sat idly by while a movie called Minions was released to the general public.
In the midst of so much turmoil, how could we allow such a monstrosity to creep into our theaters?
What’s next, minions in our churches?
Despicable Me is, without a doubt, one of the most overblown children’s movies to gain popularity in the last few years.
America’s obsession with the franchise’s characters known as minions is honestly terrifying.
What value do they bring to cinema?
What could we, as adults, possibly learn from them? How to laugh at poorly structured fart jokes, maybe?
Now, I don’t hate people who like minions.
We all have our agency, and even though I don’t agree with their choices, I still try to love everyone.
However, the core principles of moviemaking and writing good comedy for kids won’t change just because the left-wing minion media says they have.
There are always going to be bad kid’s movies.
There are always going to be bad movies in general.
Everyone has their free will to go see them.
But I hold to the idea that there are better ways to spend your time and better movies to take your kids to.
All jokes aside, please don’t base the entertainment of your kids on movies that encourage them to laugh at simple, stupid things.
Kids are smarter than these movies give them credit for. Inside Out, which I saw a few weeks ago, is an excellent example of a good kid’s movie.
It’s a smart movie about learning to deal with and validate your emotions, and it was made for kids.
Earlier this year, The Book of Life, a movie about Mexican folklore, leaped beyond my expectations.
It was a funny, exciting way to learn about another culture without being disrespectful or even too serious.
Big Hero 6 made me cry, The Lego Movie was an instant classic, and Monster’s University was the perfect flashback to my own childhood.
All of these movies were made with kids in mind.
But they were written intelligently in a way that didn’t underestimate or baby their audience.
I’m not going to take my kids to movies that I wouldn’t enjoy.
There are plenty of movies that entertain all ages.
As an adult, I find Minion culture annoying. As a kid, who knows? Maybe I would have liked it.
I also liked publicly picking my nose and slapping strangers on the butt.
This whole minion obsession represents everything wrong with entertainment.
If we take our kids only to movies about nonsense, our kids are going to expect that from entertainment their whole lives.
It creates artless, thoughtless, easy entertainment like Family Guy that’s just there to numb your brain after a long day. Have you ever talked to someone who only watches Family Guy?
Taking your kids to see Minions is fine, but don’t let that be the only thing they see.
Challenge them a little. They’re going to be challenged eventually, so you might as well start them on the right foot.
Plus, how am I supposed to explain Minions to my children?