Some of you will remember that I had posted this up a week or two ago. The first movie to won out in that first night was Epic so here we are with it as the first review. I’ve been on a huge animation thing and been watching a few of them here and there and totally loving it. I’ve heard some pretty decent reviews on Epic so I remained hopeful even though I didn’t really know anything about it.
Director: Chris Wedge
Voice Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Colin Farrell, Beyonce, Pitbull, Chris O’Dowd, Aziz Ansari
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 (Rotten Tomatoes)
I love animations. How animated films have developed nowadays is amazing. There is so much that’s improved and changed for the better and everything makes it even better. Just watch a Bluray version of a older animated movie (like a Disney classic) and think about the quality of what it was before. everything stands out more. Epic is kind of similar to Arthur’s and the Minimoys meets Avatar in animated world in many ways, or at least it reminds me a little of that. What truly captures the eye is the vibrant colors they use the brighten up the screen. I read that this was 3D when it was released. My guess it that in 3D the fun would have been even more effective. Still, Epic is a rather fun adventure. a little predictable at times but the dynamic characters make up for it. I’m a sucker for animations like this because I always love how movies utitlize the environment around them to their potential and add that little bit extra imagination and creativity to it.
The voice cast here is pretty good. Amanda Seyfried plays MK, our main heroine that enters into a new world that she had doubted and is asked to take on a task that determines the life and death of the light. In this world, she meets some characters like the serious and dutiful warrior Ronin voiced by Colin Farrell or the comedic/silly slug duo, Grub and Mub, voiced respectively by Chris O’Dowd and Aziz Ansari. I haven’t known anything about Aziz Ansari before this because I went to search up some of this comedy shows and what not afterwards and its pretty good. That means I had a good laugh. Most of the time, I just stare at these stand-up comedians and ponder what is so funny. Then you have the wise catepillar, Nim Galuu, who really is a little lost but so personable and is voiced by Steven Tyler. These characters carry out a lot of really fun moments and give this movie some flair.
The main lead here is MK. I’m not exactly sure about her character but she’s on this adventure and I can imagine that it would be pretty awesome. To see everything from another angle is something that would be so impressive and for the most part, the character is done well. Right next to her is the dude here, Nod voiced by Josh Hutcherson, who is a little bit of rebel in his world but still has a good heart. He does things not totally by the rules and is a little reckless. He’s a good guy character here who has all sorts of moments with MK.
Animations are generally pretty straight forward. There’s a simple story, a hero or heroine and they are on task to complete some mission against so evil villain. What makes an animation effective is having a worthy villain. The villain in Epic is called Mandrake (voiced by Christoph Waltz) and his little minions and tattletale toad (?) Bufo, voiced by Pitbull. I watched this animation a week or two ago and I struggle to remember much about this villain. Maybe thats why its not quite so memorable to me. The character design is great. Just look at him. I even remember Pitbull more than him…so yeah.
Overall, Epic is a visually colorful animation that captures the eye with its creative use of the environment in this new world they’ve created. The story is simple (just as it should be) and funny with the help of the chemistry and personality of their characters. The villain is not quite as memorable. However, the shock of all this was the cast with names from the music world like Beyonce, Pitbull and Steven Tyler. Epic is definitely worth a shot for some decent entertainment.