Movie: Epic

"Epic"

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

It wasn’t completely original, story-wise; but the fight scenes were amazing–a smaller scale of the kind of fight scenes we’ve seen in movies like the Lord of the Rings. And, again, maybe not very original; but it’s awesome nonetheless.

Now, as for the story, it’s very simple. So much so, in fact, that if you read the synopsis again, a quarter of it is pretty much the studio telling you what other hit movies they’ve released–just so you’d watch this one.

Nah, I’m kidding. This movie can stand on its own wobbly legs. Or stick legs. Like a grasshopper’s. A girl gets shrunk into the size of insects because she will play a big part in the coming war between the forces of life and decay. Obviously, our girl’s on the good side. But while she’s cavorting with the “leaf men” and the other creatures of the forest, she’s also supposed to be dealing with her daddy issues.

Neither the synopsis nor the trailer touched that story thread, yes; and I’m guessing it’s not just because this particular story thread isn’t as compelling as the action-adventure aspect of the animated film, and isn’t as inviting to children. MK, that’s our protagonist, doesn’t look like she’s completely sold on her own daddy issues either.

And, well, it doesn’t really get discussed much. Most of its development revolves around the fact that MK wants to be normal again. Which, again, doesn’t get touched on a lot.

Maybe it’s because the whole meat of the movie happens in the span of a day. The characters aren’t given time to breathe, grieve, and absorb. They’re not given time to move on, or time to start a journey to their self-discovery.

This movie had a potential to be, dare I say it? Epic. If only it had been allowed to breathe. Instead, we get an okay film which kids would enjoy for the action, and adults would find humorous (for some parts). But is it another Rio? Another Ice Age?

No.

Is it worth the ticket price, at least? Not in 3D, no.

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