Minions

Not every day do you get to wake up and say loudly, “Banana banana. Papayaaaa.” Brian Lynch, Pierre Coffin, and Kyle Balda decided to show the world how Minions came into being, the sequel to Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2. Long before they met Gru, the minions came into being when the dinosaurs lived upon the face of the Earth. From serving a T-Rex to Napoleon Bonaparte, minions are the loyal villain followers. Frustrated after not being slaves or ‘minions’ to evil bosses, Kevin, one of the three heroes of the film, decides to walk out the find the most evil boss to work under. Thus starts the journey of Kevin, Stuart (the music-loving-guitar-god-wannabe) and enthusiastic Bob.

After hiking and trekking for days and months, they reach USA, across the Statue of Liberty and enter New York, where they hear about the Villain-Con. Set in 1968, they set to travel their way to Orlando where the top secret conference is taking place and thus they met the most evil of them all – Scarlett Overkill.

Made to undergo a simple task of collecting a gem from Scarlett’s hand in the Villain-Con, the minions manage to get themselves hired as the henchmen of the world’s biggest villain. From there, they travel to England, the home of cricket, where they are given a simple task — steal the Royal Crown from Queen Elizabeth II.

The minions set on the task, making their way through the Buckingham Palace and all the way to the room where the crown sits. However, nothing comes easily. The crown at that moment is taken away and her Royal Highness puts it on her way through the journey through the city. The minions, with their latest gadgets set motion. It is not so easy to escape the much-celebrated Scotland Yard! Chased by the police, the minions along with the Queen make their horseless cart travel all the way to the garden where the ‘Sword in the Stone’ resides. And, in that moment, young, enthusiastic Bob pulls it out. And as the myth goes, the one to take the sword out of the stone, becomes the ruler automatically.

Thus, Bob is crowned the King. Everything becomes yellow and the royal symbol is replaced with the priceless ‘banana’. Bob and his comrades, Kevin and Stuart, start living in Buckingham Palace. They play hide and seek with the butlers, make the guards chase them. They enjoy spa. Make their portraits as Napoleon. They ride the corgis and play field polo, inside the palace, of course.

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Just when Kevin was seen playing cricket with his corgi pet, in whites, Scarlett arrives and accuses them for backstabbing and taking over the palace. In the end, the Queen returns to her rightful place, Stuart gets Eddie Van Halen’s guitar, Kevin gets knighted, Scarlett retires and Gru takes over.

Faith is restored as it reminds us of the ongoing Ashes 2015. Thank you, minions for making us believe, that cricket in whites (and ermm polo) will forever continue as the sport of the gentlemen and royals and rest can sit back and enjoy. Moreover, if one looks closely, they may have been playing polo with the red cricket balls!

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Plus, Test cricket is more popular than Twenty20 and the next time we visit the Buckingham Palace, do not forget, it is where the minions played cricket in whites (probably, the only place).

(Sudatta Mukherjee is a reporter with CricketCountry. Other than writing on cricket, she spends penning random thoughts on her blog. When she is not writing, you will catch her at a movie theatre or watching some English televison show on her laptop. Her Twitter handle is @blackrosegal)