Skip to main content

Jessica Jones Season 2 Trailer

Epic Review, Nothing You Haven't Seen Before

Epic Review
By: MattInRC

Epic is funny, entertaining, and yet ultimately forgettable.


20th Century Fox Animation is not exactly known for developing a long line of successful animated fare. With the exception of the fun but unremarkable Ice Age series, Fox is still searching for a stable of animated franchises. Their newest candidate Epic is not the kind of film that stands out or dares to be noticed, as so many need to be given the crowded space they currently share at the multiplex. And while it's entertaining, one could easily miss Epic in a lineup of big summer films.


Based on the William Joyce children's book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, our film follows the exploits of the teenager MK (voiced by Amanda Seyfried) and her estranged father Professor Bomba (voiced by Jason Sudeikis), as both uncover a world of tiny creatures living in a nearby forest. Bomba's research to prove this race exists has taken a toll on his family, as the mother first separated then died of an unknown reason, forcing MK to return home to deal with her crackpot father. What the motherless family soon realizes is that a war is raging for control of that same forest between the peaceful Leafmen and the evil Boggins, led by Mandrake (voiced by Christoph Waltz). Mandrake will do whatever's necessary to kill the Leafmen's Queen Tara (voiced by singer Beyonce Knowles), who must soon choose an heir. She is protected by her childhood friend and Ronin (voiced by Colin Farrell), leader of the Leafmen and stand-in father to Nod (voiced by Josh Hutcherson). His father died at the hands of Mandrake and has since become a fierce but unpredictable warrior. When MK is accidentally shrunk into the Leafmen's world, she becomes caught in the middle of the conflict, and must work to save both the forest and any chances she might have to return home to her father.


Epic is nothing you haven't seen before, complete with yet another enchanted forest, the comedy team, the serious moment, and a resolution where good triumphs over evil. But Epic also contains two death scenes and a twist of an ending that helps to slightly redeem itself. It's unlikely that girls will relate to MK as they did with Brave, mostly because her relationship with the father and the untimely end of her mother are never fully explored. You know MK and dad don't get along, and that the mother died, but that's about as deep as it gets. Separation and divorce have unfortunately become front-burner items for today's kids, and Epic's writing team including Tom J. Astle missed a golden opportunity to carry above the film's merely entertaining aspects. Blame should also be placed at the feet of animated veteran Director Chris Wedge (Ice Age series), who fails to inspire any real emotion from his voice actors. An animated film relies so heavily on it actors, and Wedge's mostly flat cast just doesn't get it done. Sudeikis and Aziz Ansari (as a very funny slug) are the only bright spots here, with the normally very good Farrell, Waltz, and Seyfried leading a charge of unimpressive performances.


Instead of stretching the boundaries of the genre, Epic is the kind of animated film that Fox doesn't quite get right. In a summer filled with strong competition, films like this are churned out by studios to merely entertain. The film misses a golden opportunity to better develop the strained father/daughter relationship, settling instead on less-memorable action and comedic gags. Families will be entertained by Epic; just don't expect to remember a thing about it afterwards. Epic is rated PG and has a runtime of 102 minutes.

Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook, On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.

Please Leave A Comment-

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Enter For A Chance To Win Tickets To See DEATH WISH In Dallas

Enter For A Chance To Win Screening Passes To See DEATH WISH on February 28th at 7:00 PM in Dallas.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents director Eli Roth's reimagining of the 1974 revenge thriller Death Wish. Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of his city's violence when it is rushed into his ER - until his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and college-age daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts his family's assailants to deliver justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grabs the media's attention, the city wonders if this deadly avenger is a guardian angel or a grim reaper. Fury and fate collide in the intense action-thriller Death Wish.



CLICK HERE TO ENTER-

http://deathwish.movie
FACKBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/DeathWishFilm
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/DeathWishMovie
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/DeathWishMovie
#Deat…

Enter For A Chance To Win Tickets To See RED SPARROW In LAS VEGAS

Enter For A Chance To Win Screening Passes To See RED SPARROW on February 20th at 7:00 PM in LAS VEGAS.

When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.



CLICK HERE TO ENTER-

In Theaters March 2, 2018

RedSparrowMovie.com

FACEBOOK: http://fb.com/RedSparrowMovie
TWITTER: http://twitter.com/RedSparrowMovie
INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/RedSparrowMovie
#RedSparrow

N…

Enter For A Chance To Win Tickets To See DEATH WISH In San Antonio

Enter For A Chance To Win Screening Passes To See DEATH WISH on February 28th at 7:00 PM in San Antonio.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents director Eli Roth's reimagining of the 1974 revenge thriller Death Wish. Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of his city's violence when it is rushed into his ER - until his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and college-age daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts his family's assailants to deliver justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grabs the media's attention, the city wonders if this deadly avenger is a guardian angel or a grim reaper. Fury and fate collide in the intense action-thriller Death Wish.



CLICK HERE TO ENTER-

http://deathwish.movie
FACKBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/DeathWishFilm
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/DeathWishMovie
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/DeathWishMovie
#…