Epic

Epic-Movie-2013The creators of Ice Age bring us this striking new animated family adventure that’s like a less pretentious and altogether more enjoyable version of Avatar. 

Epic is about a teenage girl who’s father has dedicated his life’s work to a theory that there is a world of tiny people living in the forest. Mary Katherine (Amanda Seyfried) finds herself transported into the tiny world where she must help the leaf-men save the forest after the death of the Queen (Beyonce Knowles).

Epic kind of slipped under the radar and was probably overshadowed by the release of The Croods and more recent maxresdefaultanimated family films like Despicable Me 2. The story is very unoriginal; as seems to be the norm with animated films, but the tried-and-tested formula is guaranteed to entertain. It seems animated films are the only genre that can get away with being completely unoriginal, while any other film that appears to copy its plot from somewhere else gets torn apart by critics and viewers alike. Epic is pretty much Avatar but bears lots of similarities to films like A Bug’s Life and Fern Gully, while this formulaic approach is ideal for children, which is ultimately the purpose of these kinds of films, it’s becoming tiresome seeing the same premise with slightly different animation.

STA26FILM2_345476kEpic is good fun with some very clever and striking visuals, and like many animated family films there’s something in it for everyone. There’s humour for the adults, although the humour is fairly thin on the ground, and the cast is surprisingly very strong. The highlight of the film is the pairing of Chris O’Dowd as a snail called Grub and Aziz Ansari as his slug sidekick Mub, the characters provide the majority of the comedy and the actors do a great job with their humorous script. Although the two actors would’ve been in a recording studio it’s obvious that they had a good chemistry and Mub and Grub become the ‘Timon’ and ‘Pumbaa’ of the film.

Epic is enjoyable but highly forgettable and it’s no surprise that it slipped under the radar. Released in 3D, it’s an obvious Epic-Beyonce-movieattempt to revolutionise 3D animated films and rather than focus on the story like Despicable Me 2 and then think about the 3D effects after, Epic appears to be even more like Avatar with it’s focus on style over substance. It’s pretty to look at but lacks that charm that makes animated family films memorable; I can’t imagine many adults are going to place this very high on their list of favourite family films.

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3 thoughts on “Epic

  1. Cool review yo. I think your review is right on the money and I am SO GLAD you highlighted that fact about animated films being able to get away with being unoriginal, its so bloody true!

    Anyways back to Epic, I was really let down by this film. Bare people were hyping it up like it was gonna be the best animated film this year, but it was totally similar to Avatar and Fern Gully to the point where it wasn’t even funny. While there is a great and inventive animation and some fun to be had with Chris O’Dowd, that does make up for the generic plot and not so interesting characters. P.S. where did that kiss come from? There was no proper build up! (Sorry had to be mentioned) 😛

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    1. Thanks 😀 Yeah it was bugging me that they just get away with being copies of hundreds of other films!
      It definitely didn’t meet the hype but I enjoyed it, I was surprised I did because it didn’t really look like my kind of thing. Like you say it has some redeeming things though like the comedy, but not one I’d watch again!

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