STORY WRITTEN BY RANDY MYERS
San Jose Mercury News Correspondent
Hollywood is overrun with prequels gone wrong.
From George Lucas’ frustratingly blah “Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace” to Ridley Scott’s sleep-inducing “Alien” bummer “Prometheus,” so-called origin films often fail to live up to, or even approach, the magic of the original.
Of course, there are notable exceptions. “The Godfather: Part II,” with its flashbacks to the early life of Vito Corleone, remains an American classic, and “X-Men: First Class” stands out in the crowded superhero franchise universe.
The unlikely “Minions” mostly gets the prequel thing right. The bouncy, 3-D animated feature rolls out the red carpet for those hyperactive yellow, jabbering, pill-looking beings from “Despicable Me” and “Despicable Me 2.” To everyone’s surprise, the tiny mischief makers escape the prequel curse.
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