The first thing that I noticed as I watched this movie was that the Minions throughout history have actively sought to work for the bad guys. This includes nasty dinosaurs, ancient nasty Moehau Mans, Dracula, and Napoleon. One wonders how sympathetic they could be as characters. Of course, they act in a cute slapstick fashion with snappy banter; so yes, they are sympathetic.
After being exiled by Napoleon’s Army, they hide out in the Arctic for a few hundred years. They are withering away because they have no evil master to serve. In an attempt to find a new evil master, three of them leave. They end up in England working for the evil super-villain Scarlett Overkill. When we first see her in action, she is fending off hordes of muscular men who are trying to take a jewel form her. She is depicted as thin as a rail; furthermore she has no superpowers; but still she can do this. She makes a speech about how women can be super-villains also, and goes out to try to prove it. She is married, believe it or not. But it is to an ambiguous guy. He is however, the real source of her power, as he has created a wide array of gadgets useful to super-villains.
She is obsessed with obtaining Queen Elizabeth’s Crown. She had a tough childhood (see the previous two posts), and wants to show all of her childhood acquaintances her new self. Her goal is to take the crown, become queen and most importantly, be adored by all. In other words, she want to be the ultimate attention whore. Watch the movie to see how she is ultimately foiled.
So what about the red pill? To summarize, we have a domineering attention whore with a wussie husband, a woman who is a little bit cray-cray due to being a member of the out-group as a child. This scenario seems rather common these days. But fortunately in the end, she is defeated; and maybe that is meant to be a red pill ending…