|2013||102 Min||Adventure . Animation . Fantasy . Family|
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.
|Actors:||Colin Farrell , Amanda Seyfried , Josh Hutcherson , Jason Sudeikis , Aziz Ansari , Beyoncé Knowles , Judah Friedlander , Steven Tyler , Pitbull , Blake Anderson|
Epic isn't quite destined for the “Again, again!” re-watchability of some of the Pixar classics, but for a satisfying explosion of color on a lazy summer day, it does the trick.
In the roll call of visually distinctive ’toons, Epic looms large.
Epic certainly manages to tell a compelling tale. Yet in a post-Up era where animated films can pulse with profound truths, the question remains: Is mere entertainment enough?
While it might not amount to epic animated filmmaking in terms of scope and invention, Epic, a 3D, CG adventure-fantasy from Blue Sky Studios, nevertheless makes for pleasantly engaging viewing.
Great voice work, stunning visuals, and a witty, full script make this entertaining for all ages.
Enormously visually appealing, even if the story itself is almost unrecognizably bloated.
The film's clever use of emerald-colored hummingbirds as transportation is a highlight.
While never losing its visual dazzle-factor, Epic keeps returning to overly familiar themes and characters.
Epic isn’t epic, but it isn’t half bad, either. It’s just that as high as the bar has been raised on this sort of animation, this is more evidence that a strong story is worth more than any next generation software.
And that's the thing with Epic: It's something close to an animated masterpiece, provided it's watched on mute.
The diminution works its appeal once again in Epic – the latest film from the creators of "Ice Age" and "Rio" – which is just as well, because the rest of the narrative follows a rather predictable route.
What stands out is the animation. The microcosmic woodland world is luminous and detailed, and there's a nice disconnect of scale whereby humans appear as lumbering, slow-motion giants.
Although Epic isn't quite an animated masterpiece -- or as enchanting as the vastly underrated "Guardians" -- it's still a fun, sweet-hearted kid-pleaser that boasts some downright lovely animation.
The film looks terrific, with a fantastical forest coming to 3-D life. Swooping birds, flying arrows and more make good use of the technology. But the best films use technology as a storytelling device, not as a substitute for story itself.
A reasonably entertaining, adeptly crafted kidpic whose biggest crime is its near pathological reliance on overfamiliar tropes and trappings.
By no means an epic fail, but lacking the spry wit of more adult-friendly animations, this is big on action and small on originality. Gorgeous visuals aside, Epic is resolutely kiddie fare.
While it’s not a crossover classic, this has enough wit and charm to entertain both big and little people.
Director Chris Wedge falls into the common animator’s trap of making the “human” characters a lot duller than the nonhuman creepy-crawlies.
The ratio of humor and action and parent-child bonding is so formulaic, and the character design and molded-figurine-like animation so typical of the genre in the age of Pixar (and Pixar imitators), that Epic evaporates from the mind within minutes of leaving the theater.
Generic and forgettable.
There’s a worrisome failure of imagination at work in the title of this movie. It’s actually hard to imagine a more generic title. But at least it’s succinct. It rolls off the tongue much better than Movie That Feels Not So Much Inspired As Engineered According to Conventional Animated Kids’ Genre Requirements.
When the movie should touch the heart, it just misses. When moments should produce gales of laughter, it struggles for a smile. When panic and fear should set the heart racing, it doesn't.
As beautiful as it is, Epic is fatally lacking in visceral momentum and dramatic edge.
The animated result isn't bad. It's an adequate baby sitter. But where's the allure in telling the truth? Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios present "Adequate"?
Epic is heavy on celebrity voices and light on imagination.
I had the sensation of sitting through a fourth-grade school play that contained no children of my own: the very definition of a nightmare.
Naming aside, Epic could have been good, except that it wasn’t, it was stone cold terrible, something even a six-year-old might scoff at. I know, I’m just as sad as you are about the whole thing.
For all its attempts at wonder and spectacle and play, Epic is mostly a slog.
Even young would-be botanists will find this charmless animated adventure as exciting as watching grass grow.
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5. Rise Up ( Performer: Beyoncé Knowles (as Beyoncé) )
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7. Epic Finale ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )
8. Moonhaven Parade ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )
9. Return ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )
10. Small ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )
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13. Pursuit ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )
14. Ambush ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )
15. Escape ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )
16. Epic Final Confrontation ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )
17. In the House ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )
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