HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Superdeep
Insignificance
Treasure City
Piccadilly
Parallel
Invasión
Shiva Baby
Flowers of Shanghai
War and Peace
Agony
Merrily We Go to Hell
Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie's Dead Aunt)
Amusement Park, The
Lemebel
Hands of Orlac, The
Cats
Death has Blue Eyes
Caveat
Kala Azar
Duplicate
Flashback
Gunda
After Love
Earwig and the Witch
Zebra Girl
Skull: The Mask
Vanquish
Bank Job
Drunk Bus
Homewrecker
State Funeral
Army of the Dead
Initiation
Redoubt
Dinner in America
Death Will Come and Shall Have Your Eyes
PG: Psycho Goreman
Maeve
Sound of Metal
Things of Life, The
   
 
Newest Articles
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
Hong Kong Dreamin': World of Wong Kar Wai on Blu-ray
Buckle Your Swash: The Devil-Ship Pirates on Blu-ray
Way of the Exploding Fist: One Armed Boxer on Blu-ray
A Lot of Growing Up to Do: Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray
Oh My Godard: Masculin Feminin on Blu-ray
Let Us Play: Play for Today Volume 2 on Blu-ray
Before The Matrix, There was Johnny Mnemonic: on Digital
More Than Mad Science: Karloff at Columbia on Blu-ray
Indian Summer: The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray
3 from 1950s Hollyweird: Dr. T, Mankind and Plan 9
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Tarka the Otter and The Belstone Fox
Network Double Bills: All Night Long and Ballad in Blue
Chew Him Up and Spit Him Out: Romeo is Bleeding on Blu-ray
British Body Snatchers: They Came from Beyond Space on Blu-ray
Bzzzt: Pulse on Blu-ray
The Tombs Will Be Their Cities: Demons and Demons 2 on Arrow
Somebody Killed Her Husband: Charade on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Maroc 7 and Invasion
Network Double Bills: The Best of Benny Hill and The Likely Lads
   
 
  Epic You'll never look at flowers the same way again
Year: 2013
Director: Chris Wedge
Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz, Aziz Ansari, Chris O'Dowd, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Beyoncé Knowles
Genre: Animated, Fantasy, AdventureBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: Still grieving for her late mother, Mary Katherine (voiced by Amanda Seyfried) struggles to reconnect with her dad, Professor Radcliffe Bomba (Jason Sudeikis), an eccentric scientist determined to prove that the forest is inhabited by tiny mystical beings. An unexpected encounter with Queen Tara (Beyoncé Knowles), fairy-like leader of the Leafmen, flings M.K. into a magical adventure as she is shrunk down tiny size and entrusted with a magical flower bud. Ronin (Colin Farrell), Queen Tara's most trusted warrior, explains the bud could be the key to defeating the evil Boggan forces led by the maniacal Mandrake (Christoph Waltz). Aided by Nod (Josh Hutcherson), a cocky young Leafman warrior with a lot to prove, the courageous M.K. sets out to save the forest.

Blue Sky, the studio behind the surprisingly enduring Ice Age series, crafted this more ambitious computer animated fantasy. Its success proved there was more to the team than slapstick silliness. Based on the 1996 children's novel 'The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs' by William Joyce, who contributed to the screenplay, Epic echoes themes and motifs present in other ecological fantasies aimed at kids. From Ferngully: The Last Rainforest (1992) and The Ant Bully (2006) to Arthur and the Minimoys (2007) (each of which involve a shrunken human protagonist exploring a diminutive fairy kingdom) along with the live-action The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008). As with a great many fantasy films a great deal of screen time is taken up with detailing its environment which, while richly textured and evocative, comes at the expense of advancing a plot that meanders with a lack of urgency.

Though Epic initially establishes a strident environmental message detailing the interconnected nature of the ecosystem, which it smartly contrasts with the sense of alienation between father and daughter, the second act abruptly jettisons these concerns and settles into a generic, if still fairly engaging fantasy adventure. Chris Wedge, who directed the first Ice Age (2002), Robots (2005) and ill-fated live-action outing Monster Trucks (2016), keeps one foot in the zany antics of the Ice Age with a couple of throwaway gags that disrupt the flow (although Aziz Ansari and Chris O'Dowd are fun as a wisecracking snail and slug duo that essentially serve as this story's C3-PO and R2D2). However between sporadic bouts of silliness, Epic pulls off some nice moments of suspense and pathos. Including the neat idea that being shrunk gives M.K. a new perspective on both her environment and father. On a technical level the film makes inventive use of its central conceit with M.K.'s unexpectedly scary encounter with a mouse and more magical meeting with a giant deer among the high-points. Strangely though, the animation of some characters' faces is less expressive than the voice acting.

An eclectic, surprisingly starry voice cast respond with gusto the script with its pleasingly nuanced characterization and snappy, well-crafted dialogue. Beyoncé is especially impressive in her brief but memorable role as a kick-ass fairy queen although you also get such incongruous casting as Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler (surprisingly good) as a wise old caterpillar and rapper Pitbull as a gangsta frog (?!) Amanda Seyfried and former SNL comedian Jason Sudeikis wring a lot of heart out of the M.K/Professor Bomba relationship, Colin Farrell's Ronin is a compellingly dashing sort but poor Josh Hutcherson inexplicably draws the short straw. Nod is a curiously charmless hero. Positioned as a pouty bad boy, he never really learns humility nor proves that deserving of Seyfried's winning heroine who shoulders a far better realized dramatic arc.

Reviewer: Andrew Pragasam

 

This review has been viewed 1445 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
Andrew Pragasam
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
   

 

Last Updated: