Epic Movie Reviews
User reviews on Epic
I really enjoyed watching this animation and I think it is worth seeing in the theaters. I took my niece to see it with me and she loved it as well, so the film is good for the whole family. I liked the story and the characters and I think the film will appeal to both genders as well. The animation is truly beautiful and really impressive, I loved the world that was created by the makers of this film. Overall, it is a great summer film for the whole family to enjoy.
I thought this film was alright but I was not overly impressed. I took my sister’s children to see it with me and they had a relatively good time watching it which was nice. I did think that the animation was pretty impressive and the characters were fun, however I thought the story had way too many turns and twists and it felt overloaded. I did not find the film to be especially funny or musical or creative, i guess it was just mediocre. There was never a moment of real suspense, even though the film was full of action. Overall, your kids will enjoy watching this film and that is it.
The story in Epic is really, well, epic, but for me the real star of the movie was its animation. I don't know how they do it, but with each animated feature the studios seem to just totally outdo themselves. The visuals in this are absolutely stellar, particularly in the scenes when the main cast ends up in the forest and are seen battling the mini bad guys in the trees and by surfing the branches. It's very entertaining just to look at! As for the voice performances, the real stand outs for me are Aziz Ansari and Chris O'Dowd who steal the show as the hilarious slugs. Those two can do no wrong in my book. Beyonce is ok in her part - a tad too "precious" for my tastes - but Amanda Seyfried and Colin Ferrell are both great as the leads. I think parents and teens will enjoy this as much as kids because even though it's not Pixar, it's surprisingly smart and funny without too tongue-in-cheek.
This was a really fun and adventurous story that frankly played a lot better than it looked in the previews. The movie is about how three characters - two of them Leafmen and one of them a shrunken down teenage girl voiced by Amanda Seyfired - band together to battle the evil Leafman Mandrake (voiced by Christoph Waltz). The girl learns in the process that her father (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) isn't the batty loon she always thought he was for believing in these little green men. The thing that really got to me in the movie was how superb Christoph Waltz was in his performance. He really sank his teeth into the role and seemed to relish every second of his screen time. I'd even go so far as to say he relished every syllable of every line, he's just SO into character. They should seriously consider giving him an Oscar nod for this performance. I won't be forgetting it any time soon.
Epic is one of the better family films you’ll see this year: I’ll even go ahead and make a gander that it’s one of the better films of any genre you’ll see this year. That being said, it just misses the boat on being truly ‘epic’ and will likely fade from your memory a few days after you’ve seen it.
The story begins with a surly teenager named Mary Katherine (she goes by “MK”) whose mother has died. Her father is a crazed scientist whose singular pursuit in life is the uncovering of the magical forest beings he believes reside just beyond the edge of their home. MK rolls her eyes because, well, Daddy is clearly insane.
Except he’s not. And this MK finds out the hard way when she’s shrunk down to the size of grasshopper after a chance encounter with the Queen of Moonhaven (Beyonce Knowles). MK is then suddenly thrust into mortal peril as she battles the baddie Mandrake (Christoph Waltz) who is as wily and cunning as animated villains come. He’s like Scar and Voldemort combined – only much, much smaller.
The story could do with more detail and a tad more deliberate plotting. Still, viewed on its own terms, this is first-rate entertainment and will surely find a lot of takers of all ages at the box office this weekend.