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Review: Epic

May. 24, 2013by: JimmyO

PLOT: When a rebellious teenage girl is magically shrunk down to the size of a leaf, she discovers a brand new world. Deep inside the forest are Leafmen who must fight an on-going battle of good against evil in order to keep their forest safe from the lecherous Boggans.

REVIEW: In the new family friendly animated adventure EPIC there is certainly a sense of dj vu. From FERNGULLY to AVATAR to LOTR and so much more, familiarity abounds in this fantastical tale of good and evil. The good being a band of forest creatures called Leafmen who are fighting against to protect the beauty of the forest from the Boggans creepy creepers who like to wear the skin of other animals occasionally. When a teenage girl named M.K. (Amanda Seyfried) finds herself magically shrunk to the size of these mythical creatures, she must help fight to protect a single blooming flower which will save the forest for everyone.

Say what you will, beauty abounds in EPIC. In the opening moments when we first meet M.K.s wacky scientist father Professor Bomba (Jason Sudeikis), the world he surrounds himself in is marvelous indeed. He has made it his lifes work to discover the secret world too small to see with human eyes. The animation here is utterly beautiful with lifelike images of the overflowing green leaves and the wildlife that inhabits the forest where he lives. When the world of the Leafmen is revealed it is sometimes stunning to look upon. The 3D occasionally enhances this animated landscape, yet seems to lose its magic early on.

Like many an animated adventure, we are quickly introduced to the stock main characters. This includes the noble Leafman warrior Ronin (Colin Farrell), the cocky rebellious soldier Nod (Josh Hutcherson) and the beautiful keeper of the forest, Queen Tara (Beyonc Knowles). Then you have the comic sidekicks, Grub the snail (Chris ODowd) and Mub the slug (Aziz Ansari) who for the most part steal the show. And let us not forget the main bad guy played by the current king of badass, Christoph Waltz as Mandrake. While most of the actors do well with what they are given, it is very difficult to feel for their plight when it comes to the poorly cast Beyonc. The singer injects very little life into her reigning queen that it makes it a tad difficult to care all that much about her.

The thing about EPIC is that it isnt really a bad film. The enthusiasm is there and some of the humor works quite well. The slug factor is especially funny due in part to the nature of what these creatures can do as well as the talented voices of ODowd and Ansari. The father-daughter relationship between M.K. and Bomba has moments of charm, especially when they inevitably grow throughout the adventure. Seyfried does a nice job her and makes for a likeable heroine. This is an animated movie that offers its target audience exactly what youd think it would, yet it fails to really inspire any more than it absolutely has to. The elements are much too familiar to really resonate after the initial viewing.

In the end, EPIC just didnt live up to its EPIC promise. Too much is borrowed and the script lacked the sort of emotional impact that it could have. This is your basic animated feature with ugly bad guys that are easy to vilify and nice and pretty stereotypes of the knights in shining armor. The animation is gorgeous and at times it raises above mediocrity, yet not enough to warrant spending more than the price of a rental. This woodland fairy tale is not nearly as EPIC as the title would suggest.

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4:40PM on 05/24/2013
I thought the use of 'The Lightning Strike' by Snow Patrol in the trailer was a horrible fit. I have no idea what they were shooting for there. That's about as much thought as I gave this movie.
I thought the use of 'The Lightning Strike' by Snow Patrol in the trailer was a horrible fit. I have no idea what they were shooting for there. That's about as much thought as I gave this movie.
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2:58PM on 05/24/2013
Beyonce just turned me off from the movie.
Beyonce just turned me off from the movie.
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1:53PM on 05/24/2013
The movie looks beautiful enough, but I just don't have the patience for CGI movies anymore. It's probably a really cool movie to see with your kids in the theater. But even the voice of Christoph Waltz can't lure me in. And the involvement of Beyonce certainly doesn't entice me.
The movie looks beautiful enough, but I just don't have the patience for CGI movies anymore. It's probably a really cool movie to see with your kids in the theater. But even the voice of Christoph Waltz can't lure me in. And the involvement of Beyonce certainly doesn't entice me.
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12:23PM on 05/24/2013
"You want it all, but you can't have it"
"You want it all, but you can't have it"
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11:00AM on 05/24/2013

Epic Fail

someone had to say it
someone had to say it
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10:39AM on 05/24/2013
As soon as I heard Aziz Ansari shrill voice in the trailer I was out.
As soon as I heard Aziz Ansari shrill voice in the trailer I was out.
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9:35AM on 05/24/2013
To me it just looks like another Ferngully sequel.
To me it just looks like another Ferngully sequel.
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7:18AM on 05/24/2013

Watching the trailer

I immediately went into daydreaming about ideas for a Honey I Shrunk the Kids reboot.
I immediately went into daydreaming about ideas for a Honey I Shrunk the Kids reboot.
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2:48AM on 05/24/2013
Guess this sounds like one of those movies that looks incredible and stops at that. I was hoping it would match up to the wonder that was Rise of the Guardians.
Guess this sounds like one of those movies that looks incredible and stops at that. I was hoping it would match up to the wonder that was Rise of the Guardians.
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