[Movie Review] Epic


M.Y: As we all know, most movies aim to be referred to a couple of months or years down the line as being epic, but then Blue Sky studios are trying to take a shortcut around that length of time by giving their latest animation the title “Epic“.

Zubby: Smart move guys. Smart move. So is Epic, errr epic?

M.Y: Well let’s find out.

Zubby: Epic is a 3D CG adventure comedy that reveals a fantastical world unlike any other. From the creators of Ice Age and Rio, 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. — (C) Fox


The Script


M.Y: Is it me, or the Blue Sky studios guys are kinda obsessed with nature and animals? First it was Ice Age and the whole extinction of species thingy and global warming, then we had Rio with birds and animal cruelty, and now we have Plants fighting to save their habitat from termites. So what next from them?

Zubby: Hmmm…how about a story about monkeys in space. Lol…Anyways, I believe the trend has been working well for them  so far. And they have made good movies except the latest Ice Age in my opinion. The script in Epic constructed by some long list of guys was actually cool and original.

M.Y: With an adaptation from a book written by William Joyce  (The Leaf Men and The Brave Good Bugs) and a screenplay by 7 other guys, if it was any less, then they should all just tender their resignation letters and find a better career in fishing.

Zubby: I particularly love the explanation of why these creatures which we never knew existed are so hidden.

M.Y: Another great thing about the story is the fact that adults would even relate better to this movie than kids who are the target. Don’t get me wrong, the kids would enjoy it, but it would make adults feel like one of life’s greatest mysteries has been revealed.


The Directing


M.Y: Director Chris Wedge is no newbie to cool animated films. He has won an Oscar for Best Animated short film, directed Ice Age 1 and 2 and Robots, and I daresay Epic also goes down as one of his best works. Totally loved it!

Zubby: I love the fusion of so many movies into this story. It had Avatar written all over it, A bit of Lord of The Rings, I even saw a bit of Scar (Lion King) in the Boggan king Mandarake played by our own favorite Christoph Waltz.


The Acting


M.Y: The casting of the movie seemed pretty weird, I mean, Pitbull, Beyonce, Christoph Waltz, Steven Tyler….really weird, but then all we needed was their voices so I guess their performances were alright. I didn’t like Beyonce though. I felt sleepy every time she spoke. But then, my favorite acts in the movie were the slug and the snail. They don’t look it, but they were really cool.

Zubby: I agree, they really added a more comic side to the movie. Aziz Ansari & Chris O’Dowd really stole the show for me as side characters. Beyonce tho, could still use some work on her voice acting. Wasn’t really impressed.


The Verdict


Zubby: Best animated movie I have seen this year, well I haven’t seen Monsters University so that could change when I see it . This is a very cool family movie and it is totally recommended for you all to rush out and go see it while it is still showing. Popcorn and Soda from us here.

M.Y.: But then again 2013 (so far) hasn’t really been the best of years movie-wise. There you go people it’s Popcorn and Soda for me. Till we see again, it’s your Premier Movie Review site keeping our promise of saving you your last 1000# in the cornerest corner of your purse. *Big Grin*

Zubby: Oh, before you go, please do check our review of the year of our Lord 2013 so far and tell us what you think. What are the hits and the misses?