Monday, 17 March 2014

Epic Review (Updated)


Release Date: 13th June 2013 - Australia 

Production Companies
20th Century Fox (presents)
Blue Sky Studios

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 102 minutes

Budget: $93,000,000

Box Office Gross: $268,426,634

Plot Summary
Transported to a 
magical world, a 
teenager is recruited by
a nature spirit, Queen 
Tara to help the 
"Leafmen" save their 
forest from evil warriors. 

Voice Cast
Amanda Seyfreid - Mary Katherine 
Josh Hutcherson - Non
Colin Farrell - Ronin
Beyoncé Knowles - Queen Tara 
Christoph Waltz - Mandrake 
Aziz Anzari - Mub
Chris O'Dowd - Grub
Steven Tyler - Nim Galuu
Jason Sudekis - Professor 
Pitbull - Bufo
Blake Anderson - Dagda

Story/Director - Chris Wedge
Leafmen Creator/Story/
Producer/Production Designer - 
William Joyce
Story/Screenplay - James V. Hart 
Screenplay - Dan Shere, Tom 
J. Astle and Matt Ember
Producers - Lori Forte and 
Jerry Davis
Co-Producer - Michael J. Travers
Production Designer - Greg
Lead Character Designer -
Sang Jun Lee
Cinematography - Renato
Film Editor - Andy Keir
Music - Danny Elfman

I do take it that the title is very misleading and this is not what we anticipated for an animated movie. Get this mates, EPIC is shamelessly a mixed package with less and less instincts of becoming the AVATAR for children. With any disrespects to the film, it feels the story is overdone and clichéd and it shows little promise to any of the viewers. The visual animation design is so significantly a rare beauty and with the nature backdrops helps guaranteed that this can be so realistically done through research in time. Much of the voice cast are somehow not used to the characters or not doing as properly like Christopher Waltz trying to be as bad as his lead villain. Colin Farrell and Josh Hutcherson are the only actors to preserve their good skills and frankly Farrell voices better with an Scottish accent as Ronin. 

Finally, I watched a few movies where comic reliefs are actually contributing to the plot rather than to annoy viewers. Two notable examples are of C3PO and R2D2 or Timon and Pumbaa. The duo Mub and Grub that we are presented in EPIC are definitely an inadequate piece of filmmaking since Jar Jar in STAR WARS. Those snails deserve to be stomped than to make laughs for the kiddies parents.

I never want to watch EPIC again and it's deeply in the rank of the below average movies. This is beyond the classic animation realm, a good thing that the movie won't be called epic for sure.

Star rating: (4/10) Below Average

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