Minions: The Rise of Gru review: I wanted to smash them.

The upcoming Minions movie has been delayed by Covid for two years.

The rubbery, hyperactive animals are as adorable as when they emerged in the first Despicable Me movie in 2010.

Their newest picture is sometimes innovative and frequently quite hilarious, but the plot is choppy and incoherent.

The film begins in the mid-1970s, during the Jaws and Blaxploitation eras. Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) tells his instructor that he wants to be a supervillain like the Vicious 6.

The gang stole the "Zodiac stone" to become the world's most powerful criminals. Several odd narrative twists later, Gru has the stone. They want it back.

The Minions, who follow Gru like dogs, get him into trouble and then attempt to help him out.