Film Review: Epic

Epic

When titling a film with a term such as Epic, it is surely hoped that the movie lives up to this billing. Unfortunately Epic is an uninspired animated adventure.

Professor Bomba believes in a race of tiny people living in the forest, and he has spent his whole career trying to prove their existence. When his daughter M.K. comes to stay, she gets closer to them than he could ever believe…

The problem with Chris Wedge’s Epic is two-fold. Firstly, the narrative is not really engaging. There is no real sense of peril. Despite the protestations of potential calamity, it never feels as if anything bad will happen. There is little in the story for viewers to get their teeth into.

Secondly, none of Epic‘s characters are endearing. The usual archetypes are present here, and there is little to no development beyond this. The comic sidekicks are not really successful in their function as they fail to raise laughs. M.K. has a struggle that is played out rather despondently. The villain meanwhile is so caricature that he never poses  any real danger.

As the adventure itself is not captivating, the film needed something to make it entertaining. Almost all the attempts at humour fall flat. An attempt at romance adds nothing to the overall film except posing some puzzling questions with the way the film concludes.

Epic‘s production values excel beyond the narrative restraints. The film looks great, with animation appearing crisp. The 3D works well, as it tends to do for most animated films.

The film features a host of well-known stars voicing its characters. Some, like Jason Sudeikis and Josh Hutcherson, do a good job. With others, it is difficult to forget which actor is voicing them. This is particularly true of Colin Farrell and Beyonce Knowles; their voices are unmistakable for any viewers who are familiar with them.

Epic is an unsatisfying film that is unlikely to engender a strong positive response from viewers young and old.

Stuff To Look At

The post in which I wax lyrical about new movie trailers. And inform you of the films set for release this summer. And get annoyed when I find out film characters share my name. The audacity…

Summer of Cinema 2013

Two weeks ago I went to the launch of ‘Summer of Cinema 2013’ to hear about upcoming releases and enjoy a mini burger (I love miniature food). There is lots to see this summer, from the big blockbusters (Man of Steel, Star Trek Into Darkness) to films by Robert Redford and Sofia Coppola. Check out the compilation above.

Epic

Epic has a rather impressive cast voicing its characters. Among others, Colin Farrell, Amanda Seyfried and Christoph Waltz lend their voices. Beyonce voices a character called ‘Princess Tara’. Contrary to popular belief, this is not actually by nickname. Although I am not happy about the use of my name, I will reserve judgement until I see how this character plays out. Epic is released is UK cinemas on 22nd May 2013.

Much Ado About Nothing

A departure from vampires and superheroes, Joss Whedon directs a contemporary update of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Shot in twelve days and starring some of Whedon’s previous collaborators, the film is a far cry from the filmmaker’s recent output. I am looking forward to this foray into Shakespeare; it will be interesting to see if Whedon can handle it as well as he does big-budget comic book fare. Much Ado About Nothing is released on 14th June 2013.

The Seasoning House

Well, The Seasoning House is certainly not about the abode of spices. This revenge thriller looks pretty brutal. The Seasoning House is the directorial debut of special effects designer Paul Hyett. The film is out in cinemas on 21st June 2013.

In Fear

This trailer is almost haunting. It’s definitely the music. In Fear is a British horror film starring Alice Englert. It looks like a warning never ever to go on a car journey, and not just because they make you feel a bit queasy. Perhaps this is just me. In Fear is due for release in Autumn 2013.

Byzantium

Neil Jordan knows vampires. That’s why I am looking forward to Byzantium, unlike some other recent vampire flicks *cough Twilight cough*. Starring Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan, Byzantium is released in UK cinemas on 31st May 2013.

Thor: The Dark World

For the first minute-plus of this trailer I must have been in the majority of people thinking ‘yeah, but where the hell is Loki? I know Tom Hiddleston is in this film’. Looking rather bedraggled, Avenger Assemble‘s fantastic antagonist finally makes an appearance. Thor: The Dark World hits the big screen in the UK on 30th October 2013.