Director: Chris Wedge
Writers: James V. Hart, William Joyce, Daniel Shere, Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember, Chris Wedge
Voice Cast: Blake Anderson, Aziz Ansari, Jim Conroy, Allison Bills, Todd Cummings, John DiMaggio, Troy Evans, Colin Farrell, Jason Fricchione, Josh Hutcherson, Beyoncé Knowles, Amanda Seyfried, Chris O'Dowd, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Christoph Waltz
Synopsis: A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world -- and ours.
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild action, some scary images and brief rude language
Epic? More like epically predictable...
Unfortunately, "Epic" fails to live up to it's name. Granted, it's an entertaining movie, as I still enjoyed watching it. The jokes were funny, and it had a lot of great visuals. In fact, I would dare even say that "Epic" features some of the best animated action scenes that I've ever seen before. Not to mention that the lush detail to the colorful world the animators create is nothing short of breathtaking, and genuinely unique. Sadly though, I can't say the same thing about the story.
Unless you've never seen a movie in your life, then chances are you've probably seen some of these plot points before. Maybe the scenarios are different here and there, but the plot points are still fundamentally the same. You have a stereotypical protagonist, who's an irresponsible jerk at first, but eventually learns to become more noble. He also has to deal with the issue of being cast into his father's shadow. You have a guy acting as his overbearing father figure because the guy's dad happened to be his friend, and he's dead allegedly. .
Then on the flipside of things, we have a love interest that doesn't get along with her father. Yet at some point in the film, you know they're going to bond. You know that everything is going to work out just fine. The hero will obviously get the girl, or they'll end up liking each other.
And, we shouldn't forget about the villain that serves no other purpose than to move the story along. In the end, "Epic" is arguably one of the most predictable movies ever made, but does that mean it's bad then? Well..no, but it just fails to live up to it's name. Granted, it's not as big of a disappointed as movie like "Epic Movie", but whenever you call ANY movie "Epic", then chances are you better deliver on that title. Sadly, "Epic" doesn't, but it's still fairly decent for what it tries to be.
As I mentioned earlier in some of my earlier reviews of animated movies, you can get away with a fairly cliched and predictable story as long as the characters were memorable and/or likable. The only problem is "Epic" only manages to get one of these right, when it comes to the characters. Sure, they're likable enough to where you want to root for them, but none of them are remotely memorable to say the least.
Granted, most of the visuals, character designs and background designs are fairly interesting. Heck, the animation alone makes "Epic" worth seeing, as this film features some of the most unique imagery that I've ever seen in an animated feature before.
Although the characters have a surrealistic style to them, the backgrounds look surprisingly very realistic and well detailed. Not only immersing the audience into this fantasy world, but surpassing expectations on a visual scale. Indeed, "Epic" may not have a great story, or well developed characters, but it more than makes up for it in it's visuals.
As for the voice acting, they were fairly decent for what the film for the parts they were required to play. Unfortunately, none of it is remotely memorable though to say the least, which makes "Epic" arguably one of the most forgettable animated movies out there.
Don't get me wrong, it's still a fairly entertaining movie, with a lot of colorful characters and action sequences that'll delight most audiences. However, it just lacks a lot of originality that doesn't really make it stand out that much.
The film focuses on a young girl that gets whisked away into an epic adventure, to save the world. Along the way, she finds herself caught in an epic war between the forces of good and evil. She even finds herself in an unexpected romance with the irresponsible protagonist, and they fall in love at exactly when you'd expect them to. And like the guy protagonist, she too has issues with her father, as she deems him as something of a loser for believing in little people that fight everyday to protect the forest. Boy was she ever wrong....
Overall, I wouldn't go out of my way to call "Epic" a bad movie by any means, as it's definitely worth checking out on DVD/Blue-Ray at a rating of two out of four. However, I just wouldn't expect anything epic out of it. No pun intended.