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Trailer Feedback: Minions

This Friday, the adorable, banana obsessed minions from the Despicable Me films are getting their own movie.

These little guys have been around since the dawn of time with all but one purpose: to serve the most evil being in existence. Unfortunately, their clumsiness and naivety contributes to the demise of every boss they have. This includes legendary tyrants Napoleon Boneparte, Dracula and the almighty Tyrannosaurus Rex.

With no cruel creatures left to cater to, the minions lose purpose and become depressed until three highly unlikely minions Kevin, Stuart and Bob strike out on their own to find a new boss. Their travels take them (not surprisingly) to 1960’s New York City when the city’s crime rates were on the rise.

Enter Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock), the new reigning princess of evil- with plans to become queen after commissioning the minions to steal Queen Elizabeth’s crown.

Somewhere along the way Bob discovers free will and crowns himself king, but those interesting (and hilarious) details will all be revealed July 10th.

Minions looks promising. These little yellow guys have come out of Gru’s shadow and into their own with their cuteness, unique dialogue and incomparable brand of slapstick. The minds behind Universal Studio’s animation team at Illumination may have struck gold. The animation and color scheme’s texture keeps the familiarity and flavor of the Despicable Me series with a new twist that could work for anyone.

In all seriousness, Minions has the potential to be the sleeper hit of the Summer and a guilty pleasure for even the most villainous heel.

Trailer Feedback: Straight Outta Compton

You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge on the big screen.

Universal Studios and Legendary Pictures are bringing us the story of possibly the most aggressive and celebrated rap group in history, N.W.A.

Ice Cube and Dr. Dre’s introduction immediately legitimizes the film in every way, giving us a clear idea of how hard the studios worked on this and how extensive the production will be.

Although certain aspects may be dolled up by Hollywood (founding member Arabian Prince is not featured at all), this biopic should be one of the best. The casting seems to be dead on accurate as Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr.,  Corey Hawkins (Non-Stop, Iron Man 3) and Jason Mitchell (Contraband) look and even sound like young versions of Cube, Dre and Eazy-E. Paul Giamatti (12 Years A Slave) is great in everything he is cast in and should be no different as he takes on the role of N.W.A’s manager Jerry Heller.

The only concern is how much the film will center on N.W.A. as a group rather than its focal members. Hopefully MC Ren and DJ Yella will not be pushed into the background and become afterthoughts in the feature. It doesn’t look that way, but only time will tell.

We won’t know how the presentation will be until it hits the big screen but when it does, we had better get the whole story, all of the controversy and every piece of the N.W.A. puzzle without much (if any) compromise. If “Straight Outta Compton” holds any water, there’s a strong chance we could get a Run DMC, Wu-Tang Clan or Public Enemy biopic in the future.

Trailer Feedback: Jurassic World

On June 12, 2015 we will yet again have a T-Rex – or worse.

Universal Studios revealed the official trailer for Jurassic World Wednesday and it seems that after three failed attempts, Dr. Hammond and company have finally opened the park for business.

People and dinosaurs interacting for the first time, Sea Worldly attractions, and running with dinosaurs has finally become a reality.

Unfortunately it looks too good to be true as man has decided to continue to play God. The Jurassic World scientists have spliced dino DNA to create a hybrid carnivore that’s not only highly intelligent, but very hungry as well. Its up to Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, Her) and a band of misfits to save the day in another thrilling adventure.

The trailer does a good job of establishing the general themes of man vs. nature and continues to beg the question, “should  we create life through technology?”

Having said that, it is a breath of fresh air to once again see the park and even better to see Hammond’s vision complete.

Judging from the trailer, Jurassic World may not be as good as Jurassic Park, but it will definitely be better than the two sequels that precede it (The Lost World, Jurassic Park 3). Hopefully the film will turn out well but let’s face reality: at the end of the day, we just want to see people get eaten by dinosaurs.