What’s small, dumb, yellow and… promotes the rule of law? A Minion. In any case, according to the version specially modified for China of the new film of the franchise, which triumphs over the moral. The Minions 2: Once upon a time Gru was released on August 19 in Chinese theaters. This is the fifth installment in the Despicable Me series. This prequel chronicles the youth of Gru, the super-villain of the franchise. But, unlike the other international versions, the Mainland China version offers an alternative conclusion. The animated film sequences are unaltered, but a series of stills and commentary are inserted at the end. escapes justice after faking his death. But, in the version broadcast in mainland China, the character is caught by the police and sentenced to twenty years in prison, where, calmed down, he continues “his passion for acting” by “creating a theater troupe”, underlines the end text. As for Gru, he’s become a model father and has “gone back on the straight and narrow,” the alternate ending claims, ignoring the reality of the franchise’s previous films. a censorship committee before it can be broadcast in China. It is therefore not the first time that a foreign film has been modified to conform to what the authorities present as more “healthy” values — particularly for productions aimed at young audiences. At the start of the year, the end from David Fincher’s cult film Fight Club (1999), starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, had also been modified for broadcast on the Chinese platform Tencent Video. Again, the police had thwarted the macabre plans of the protagonist, indicated a text at the end of the film. But, following online outcry, the true ending was finally restored. evoking a character’s homosexuality had been removed. It was not immediately clear if the ending of Minions 2 in mainland China was changed at the request of the censors or the production.
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