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From the creators of Ice Age comes the year’s funniest, most exhilarating animated adventure! Transported to a magical world, a teenager (Amanda Seyfried) is recruited by a nature spirit, Queen Tara (Beyoncé Knowles), to help the “Leafmen” save their forest from evil warriors. The whole family will love this fast-paced thrill-ride, with its astonishing animation and an all-star voice cast that includes Colin Farrell, Oscar Winner Christoph Waltz and Steven Tyler!
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 117
- Fresh: 75
- Rotten: 42
- Average Rating: 5.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: As beautiful as it is, "Epic" is fatally lacking in visceral momentum and dramatic edge.
Fresh: Epic's visuals are enthralling enough for little and big folks to offset a predictable, albeit sweet, story.
Fresh: With its array of goofy sidekicks (Aziz Ansari as a slug almost runs away with the whole picture) and carefully crafted relationships, Epic certainly manages to tell a compelling tale.
Fresh: It may not be epic, but it's eye-popping entertainment.
NOT QUITE AS "EPIC" AS ITS TITLE SUGGESTS
Although the adventurous premise of "Epic" will easily appeal to children, and the child within us, the movie itself is far too simplistic to be a classic. But at least the colorful animation looks terrific, with swooping action and a great, inventive use of nature imagery. The result is relatively engaging, consistently entertaining, and never remotely suspenseful. The film begins as teen Mary Katherine, better known as MK (Amanda Seyfried), returns home to live with her mad-inventor father (Jason Sudeikis) after her mother dies. Her dad's house is on the edge of the forest, where he's obsessed with discovering a tiny world of microscopic beings who keep the natural world running. But his focus on work has practically alienated everyone in his life, and MK is struggling to break through to him. Then she suddenly encounters the very tiny Queen Tara (Beyoncé Knowles), who shrinks her down to just two inches tall. Pretty soon, she's working with the Queen's Chief Leafman Ronin (Colin Farrell), a rebellious soldier named Nod (Josh Hutcherson), and a fun slug and snail duo known as Mub and Grub (Aziz Ansari and Chris O'Dowd) to save the forest from the villainous Mandrake (Christoph Waltz). The script pretty much eliminates all complexity in its rather bland depiction of good and evil. Mandrake is bent on destroying the forest for no particular reason at all, trying to bring his creeping grey decay to what is otherwise an idyllic, magical world drenched in colorful flower beds, glowing green trees, and babbling brooks. In other words, it's so obvious who's going to win this battle that we never truly worry for a moment about our ragtag group of heroes, no matter what violence they face. So to distract ourselves from this generic and predictable plot, we sit back and enjoy the animators' work. While the humans mainly just look like plastic dolls, the bugs, birds, plants, and critters are simply astounding, and some of the main action scenes are genuinely exhilarating. Vocally, the lead characters are just bland and uninteresting, as is usual for this kind of movie for the most part. So Seyfried and Hutcherson have little to do but be a bit feisty with their lines. By contrast, Farrell and Waltz inject some surprising personality and intriguing edges to their characters, while the movie's scene-stealing comedy is provided by the hilariously over-the-top Ansari and O'Dowd. Even Steven Tyler gets his own chance to shine as a fun, guru-like caterpillar. But while these more amusing characters keep us laughing (with the exception of an instantly forgettable toad villain voiced by Pitbull), and the snappy pace keeps us from being bored, there just isn't enough to this generic script to spark our imagination. In the end, "Epic" falls short from greatness due to its familiar plot clichés, bland characterization, and mostly middle-of-the-road voice acting. But is that to say it's a bad film overall? Not at all. If anything, it definitely benefits from its fun-spirited humor, energetic score, and absolutely breathtaking animation. If you're a fan of nature-centric adventures like "Ferngully" and "Avatar," there's a very solid chance you'll enjoy this animated family film. But if you're not in the mood to sit through a simplistic plot with no surprises, it may not be for you.
Visually impressive but the dialog doesn't fit
This is a fantasy world. Bows and arrows, talking animals, armor for birds. Urban jive slang doesn't fit. You want to be in the world, not downtown LA. Every time a character opens their mouth it pops the 'I believe' bubble, tossing you out of the story. It's like the visual director and the script writers had totally different stories in mind.
Wonderful children's movie
While I don't mean to offend anyone this is a children's movie and meant to appeal more to the younger generations I highly enjoyed the simplistic dialog and the easy to see lines of who is the bad guys and who are the good simply because I let myself as an adult enjoy a children's animated movie :-) this is a very cute movie that I would love to watch again.... For everyone over analyzing this movie please just remember it is a children's movie and meant to appeal to the child in all of us stop analyzing everything and just enjoy the movie
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2013
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