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Thoughts On “Minions” Movie

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Two weeks ago, I saw Illumination Entertainment’s “Minions.” While I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed “Inside Out,” I liked just about everything about the movie. For this post, I will focus on an integral aspect of the movie: villains. I love villains, and they’re a big part of the reason why I enjoyed the movie.
With that said, you’ve probably guessed by now that I loved the movie’s awesome villainess! The vast majority of my favorite villains are female, and I like them best when they’re as outrageous, hammy, and ferocious as Scarlet Overkill! Besides Scarlet’s overall character, what I liked the most about her was her relationship with her husband, Herb. Herb wasn’t as outrageous as Scarlet, but he clearly loved her. I’m a big fan of evil married couples, and I like them best when they genuinely love each other. I also like how while Herb wasn’t as outrageous as Scarlet, he was definitely believable in his own right as a villain. In terms of evil married couples, I like it when both are equally evil. Alternately, I like it when the man redeems himself but the woman doesn’t, but that doesn’t happen in this movie, and so it is another post for another day.
I like villainesses so much, that at the supervillain convention, I was wondering why Scarlet was the only one. Why couldn’t there have been more female supervillains? Why was Scarlet Overkill the first? Couldn’t she have instead been the baddest villain there, who just happened to be female? Also, there were the mom and the little girl in the evil family, the one the Minions rode to Orlando with. Why couldn’t their villainy have been emphasized more? Along with Scarlet, the evil family was another one of my favorite aspects of the movie, and I wish I had seen more of them. In fact, while I won’t give the ending away to people who haven’t seen “Minions,” I will say I expected the baby, the youngest member of the evil family, to play a bigger part in it. Another detail I would have liked to have seen more of were evil bedtime stories. Scarlet told one to the minions right after they started working for her. Couldn’t there have been more stories, maybe told by members of the evil family?
I also liked how, near the beginning of time, the first “villain” the minions served was a t-rex. I put villain in quotation marks here because I normally don’t like it when carnivorous animals of any sort are villains. All animals need to eat, and so carnivorous animals are just trying to survive. They’re not being evil, hateful, or malicious in any sense. Even so, I would argue that humans (and maybe animals who come close to us in terms of their complexity and intelligence, like apes and dolphins) are the only creatures capable of true evil. For that reason, if the Minions needed to serve villains, a t-rex seems like the closest they could find before there were humans.
That brings me to what I wish the movie had gone into more detail on. Why did the Minions need a master, and why did they specifically need/want to work for villains? As much as I love villains, I wish this had been explained. Both aspects were made clear in the movie, and I’m not necessarily saying either was a bad choice, but if I had helped make this movie, I would have brainstormed the reasons behind these details. These details, I think, were among the many details in stories all around us that are left unexplained.

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My Toolbox of Life

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As yesterday’s poem may suggest, I have started working on a Toolbox of Life. The tools in this toolbox vary greatly in terms of how often I use them, what I use them for, what they mean to me, etc. I’m sure there are additional tools I haven’t thought of yet. Here are the tools I have come up with so far:

Self-discipline. This is one tool I know I lacked in college and to some extent still lack. With more self-discipline, I think I could be a better writer and blogger.

Courage. Of the three “Wizard of Oz” traits, this is the one I think I lacked the most in college. I’d probably be much prouder of my college education now if I’d had more courage at the time; courage to learn from my mistakes and do what I knew was right. I really like how courage is illustrated in “Minions” (a topic I will touch upon in another post), and I found a really powerful quote about courage that I like. It goes like this: “In life, you always have three choices: Give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got!” I think this quote could also be applied to self-discipline. I found it on Facebook, but it wasn’t attributed to anybody.

Passion, knowledge, and compassion. These tools, I feel, are more specific versions of the other two “Wizard of Oz” traits. Knowledge is a more specific version of Brain, while passion and compassion are more specific versions of Heart. I believe I have these traits in ample amounts and already use them on a regular basis, but there is always room for improvement. I will also start writing down instances of when and how I use them.

Memory and imagination. These are two other tools I feel I have in ample amounts and use on a regular basis. They are also two of my favorites. What I said about passion, knowledge, and compassion also applies to these two, though.

Happiness. This is a very important tool, but unfortunately, I think it is the one I sabotage the most for myself. I wouldn’t be surprised if many people who have depression and/or anxiety, like I do, have the same problem. How we use this tool in life is not always clear, but we all know how important it is to keep and cherish at all times.
To help with this, I have been looking into buying “Bucket Full of Happiness” books. These are children’s books, but I think they can be helpful for adults, too. One of them even says it is for people of all ages. These books focus mostly on filling your own happiness bucket by making other people happy. That concept is very important to me, and I will also try to remember that there are other ways to fill one’s own bucket, which are perfectly fine as long as they don’t “dip” buckets belonging to other people. For those of you who are interested, here is a link to the “Bucket Full of Happiness” web site.