So, no, this movie by itself has no redemption arc per se. But chronologically, Minions is the first chapter in the overall Despicable Me story, and we know from the following two films that Gru does indeed achieve redemption, and through him his minions as well. In fact, Gru’s redemptive act pretty much saves the entire world. Yes, the Christian symbolism is that blatant.
Given that, I’m willing to cut chapter one here a little slack because even though the redemption doesn’t happen in this film, we know that in Gru, their stand-in Christ figure, the minions will finally find the great master they’ve been searching for since the world was formed and, through him, they will finally abandon their evil ways. And judging from all the kids running around the theater shrieking “Beedo, beedo, beedo!” before the movie even started, I think I’m safe in assuming most of them knew how the story turns out as well. So, all in all, if you can put up with the film’s weaknesses, not to mention a few bare buttocks, Minions is a pretty good time at the movies.
In a world he didn’t create, in a time he didn’t choose, one man looks for signs of God in the world by… watching movies. When he’s not reviewing new releases for Aleteia, David Ivesspends his time exploring the intersection of low-budget/cult cinema and Catholicism at The B-Movie Catechism.