EPIC: A REVIEW

EPIC is the latest 3D CG adventure comedy from the creators of ICE AGE and RIO. It reveals a fantastical world unlike any other, a world within our own world just a lot smaller.

EPIC tells the story of an ongoing battle between the forces of good, who keep the natural world alive, and the forces of evil, who wish to destroy it. When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she teams up with an elite band of warriors and a crew of comical, larger-than-life figures, to save their world…and ours.

If nothing, this film is beautiful to look at and filled with amazing wonder but honestly, it is lacking in connection and after a superb opening of beauty derails into a comical “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” kind of film.

 

EPIC - A REVIEW ON SALTY
EPIC – A REVIEW ON SALTY

 

It had so much promise but appears to have been made by bean-counting studio-by-numbers film making. All the trailers for this film just looked superb with graphics that could have rivalled anime films from Asia but it then turns into a freaking lollipop. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this and recommend it for all kids under the age of 12 but it could have been greatness and cult like except for all its flaws.

First of all the biggest success of the film is the voice talent but this was also its biggest failure. They are all admirable and good at what they do but just fail to be magical as the film would suggest. Check out this list.

Beyonce, Collin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Waltz and Steve Tyler to name a few.

 

EPIC - A REVIEW ON SALTY
EPIC – A REVIEW ON SALTY

 

I just didn’t get Collin Farrell as the robust, heroic, legend of the film. I actually was a bit pissed about this – it looked more like he was a king and great leader from all the trailers, but it turned out that he was really the Queen (Beyonce’s) head military dude. Then there was Beyonce, admirable in her performance, but nothing special, picked that voice straight away, where was a magical song or something to make the film more enjoyable? Christopher Waltz is a superb bad guy in films, because he is so odd and quirky, building him up to be this evil tormenting monster in an animation was a fail, the voice needed to be deep and powerful, it just did nothing for me, he was comical, the film needed Darth Vader. Seyfried and Hutcherson were fine as the leads but there was no chemistry between them. They really were from different worlds, I really didn’t feel for them at all. Tyler was fine, it was pretty much Tyler playing Robin Williams playing that big boomba penguin from Happy Feet. I honestly had more emotional connection and looked forward to the scenes with the snail and slug, Mub (Aziz Ansari) and Grub (Chris O’Dowd). They were at least childishly funny with some quick quips that had the audience chuckling.

 

EPIC - A REVIEW ON SALTY
EPIC – A REVIEW ON SALTY

 

The film is about M.K. (Seyfried) who comes to live with her demented scientist dad Boomba (Jason Sudeikis). Boomba lives by himself and in his own world, believing there are an entire race of little people living in the forest – he is right but just has issues proving it because they do everything to avoid him and lead him astray. Boomba is separated because of his obsession and M.K. must now come and live with him, I think the mum died (but honestly cannot remember). Here is the first issue, M.K. looks too old to be moving around from parent to parent, she should be in college or starting out on her own. Why was this not a younger girl? this would have brought in younger audiences and they could have completely skipped the love interest thing in Nod (Hutcherson), a loveable rogue who has authority issues and lacks discipline – you have seen it all before in this film. It reeks of the Spiderwick Chronicles meets Avatar meets Honey I Shrunk the Kids. It tries to embody the spiritual elements of Avatar and copies so much of it but everything is completed with lack of heart. Everything is predictable, you know it will all be fine in the end, you know even the people you think are dead will be back and for this it is just a film by numbers. I could literally see the producers, “know we cannot let him die, little kids will cry, shit we may be sued”. I forehead slap at the amount of films ruined by taking it easy.

EPIC is occasionally, visually stunning with some good scenes but overall it is an overly compromised pastiche of plagiarism all done before. It is out this THURSDAY 27th JUNE at all commercial cinemas and no offence to the makers, but I would skip it and watch either Monsters University or Despicable Me 2 instead – Epic will be slaughtered these holidays box office wise.

 

2 and a Half Pops

 

 

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