Epic

"OK"

Epic Review


Although this adventure's premise will appeal to children, and the child within us, the film itself is far too simplistic to be a classic. But at least the animation looks terrific, with swooping action and an inventive use of nature imagery. The result is relatively engaging, consistently entertaining and never remotely suspenseful.

The story begins as teen Mary Katherine, better known as MK (voiced by Seyfried), returns home to live with her mad-inventor dad (Sudeikis) after her mother dies. Dad's house is on the edge of the forest, where he is obsessed with discovering a miniature world of beings who keep the natural world running. But his focus on work has alienated everyone in his life, and MK is still struggling to break through to him. Then she has a freak encounter with the tiny Queen Tara (Knowles), who shrinks her to two inches tall. Suddenly she's working with the Queen's chief leafman Ronin (Farrell), a rogue soldier Nod (Hutcherson), and a goofy slug and snail duo (Ansari and O'Dowd) to save the forest from the evil Mandrake (Waltz).

The script eliminates all complexity in its depiction of good and evil. Mandrake is bent on destroying the forest for no real reason, trying to bring his creeping grey decay to what is otherwise an idyllic, magical world drenched in colourful flowers, verdant ferns and trickling brooks. In other words, it's so obvious who is going to win this battle that we never for a moment worry about our rag-tag group of heroes, no matter what violence they face. So we sit back and enjoy the animators' work. While the humans look like plastic dolls, the bugs, birds, plants and critters are simply astounding, and some of the action scenes are genuinely exhilarating.

Vocally, the lead characters are bland and uninteresting, as is usual for this kind of film. So Seyfried and Hutcherson have little to do but be a bit feisty. By contrast, Farrell and Waltz inject some intriguing edges to their characters, while scene-stealing comedy is provided by the marvellous Ansari and O'Dowd. And Tyler gets his own moment to shine as a guru-like caterpillar. But while these more amusing characters keep us laughing, and the snappy pace keeps us from being bored, there just isn't enough to the story to spark our imagination.

 

Rich Cline



Epic

Facts and Figures

Genre: Animation

Run time: 102 mins

In Theaters: Friday 24th May 2013

Box Office Worldwide: $268.4M

Budget: $100M

Production compaines: Blue Sky Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Animation

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

IMDB: 6.7 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Nod (voice), as Mary Katherine (voice), as Ronin (voice), as Bomba (voice), as Mub (voice), as Queen Tara (voice), as Taxi Driver (voice), as Nim Galuu (voice), as Bufo (voice), as Dagda (voice), as Mandrake (voice), John DiMaggio as Pinecone Jinn (voice), Allison Bills as Dandelion Jinn (voice), Todd Cummings as Fruit Fly (Old) (voice), as Thistle Jinn (voice)


Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

45 Years Movie Review

45 Years Movie Review

Like an antidote to vacuous blockbusters, this intelligent, thoughtful drama packs more intensity into a...

Straight Outta Compton Movie Review

Straight Outta Compton Movie Review

This biopic gallops through the career of groundbreaking gangsta rappers N.W.A, working its way through...

We Are Your Friends Movie Review

We Are Your Friends Movie Review

Basically the perfect summer movie, this lightweight drama has a great-looking cast and plenty of...

Sinister 2 Movie Review

Sinister 2 Movie Review

As the ghoul from the 2012 horror hit stalks a new family, this sequel's sharply...

Advertisement
Paper Towns Movie Review

Paper Towns Movie Review

After setting the scene with vivid characters and some insightful interaction, the plot of this...

Vacation Movie Review

Vacation Movie Review

Both the characters and the tone have been updated as a new generation of Grizwolds...

Trainwreck Movie Review

Trainwreck Movie Review

Amy Schumer makes her big screen debut with a script that feels like a much-extended...

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Movie Review

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Movie Review

Adopting a deliciously groovy vibe, Guy Ritchie turns the iconic 1960s TV spy series into...

Advertisement