Epic – Movie Review

Epic – Movie Review

Director: Chris Wedge
Writers: James V. Hart (screenplay & story), William Joyce (screenplay, story & book), Daniel Shere, Tom J.Astle, Matt Ember, Chris Wedge
Stars: olin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson,Beyoncé Knowles, Amanda Seyfried, Chris O’Dowd, Aziz Ansari, Steven Tyler, Chistoph Waltz, Blake Anderson, Jason Sudeikis, Pitbull
3D / Adventure / Comedy

Epic Movie ReviewEpic is a loving, respectful tribute to the beauty of nature, expressed via the incredibly detailed and idealized animation of the forest. And, like Avatar, it’s a movie with a message. Or two. Maybe more.

Of course, you rapidly discover that all is not as it seems: unknown to us human “stompers,” the forest is teeming with tiny people, an entire society too small for us to see.

There is the quirky scientist, Professor Bomba (Jason Sudeikis), so fixated on exploring the forest that he hardly notices when his teenage daughter, M.K. (Amanda Seyfried), returns home to live with him. She’s trying to come to deal with a major tragedy in her life, but her dad is more . . . distracted than she would like.

He is so distracted that he fails to notice her disappearance, when M.K. ends up interacting with the tiny secret society he only suspected. But the little people have their own troubles, in the form of boggans, led by Mandrake (Christoph Waltz) and his son Bufo (Pitbull). Boggans cause rot and decay wherever they go. Fortunately the good folk are protected by leafmen, led by the shining example of Ronin (Colin Farrell), and including the lovable and talented screw-up Nod (Josh Hutcherson).

These are important times in the forest, and it’s up to Queen Tara (Beyoncé) to handle a critical ritual while avoiding the boggans (bad guys). She accomplishes her goal within the allotted time, but not without peril, leaving it to M.K., Nod, and Ronin to head off on a quest together with Grub the snail (Chris O’Dowd), and Mub the slug (Aziz Ansari) to save the good parts of the forest.

The team learns to work together, and how unimportant differences are when you’re working for a common goal (those pesky messages). Somewhere along they way they bounce into a movie musical, running into the lighthearted Nim Galuu (Steve Tyler), a cryptic singing caterpillar who knows all sorts of things.

Most of the characters are a little too one-dimensional–Ronin is all duty, all-the-time, Nod is irresponsible with a heart-of-gold, Professor Bomba only has eyes for his work, Mandrake is pure evil, etc.

Overall, this is absolutely adorable, and the animation is stunning. But I found the plot frankly just too simplistic for anyone over ten, with far too many deus ex machina elements rather than actual plot, and I worry that there are some things that might frighten the younger kids (although they laughed at ParaNorman, so what do I know?).

On the other hand, ooh shiny!

Reviewed by Elektra Hammond

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Epic is a loving, respectful tribute to the beauty of nature, expressed via the incredibly detailed and idealized animation of the forest. And, like Avatar, it’s a movie with a message. Or two. Maybe more.
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