I am a big kid. I love watching inanimate objects come to life in Disney, Pixar and Blue sky movies. Whenever I see a preview for one on TV, I’m usually the one jumping up and down, getting the kids excited about the upcoming movie. When I first saw the commercial for Epic, I wasn’t thrilled. Although the graphics looked amazing, the story line (fairies, good vs evil, etc) was not one that appealed to me. DS7 was invited to a Cineplex birthday party and the movie of choice was Epic. He came home, ranting and raving and insisted that it was movie I would thoroughly enjoy. Still skeptical I waited for Epic to arrive on Blueray/DVD.
Synopsis for the movie EPIC
After the death of her Mother, Mary Katherine, MK, (Amanda Seyfriend) moves into her scatterbrain father’s, Bomba (Jason Sudeikis), house. When she find her father is still obsessed about little fairy-like creatures in the forest, MK tarnishes any hope of finding the strong parental support she was looking for. When she attempts to leave, the forest interferes, drawing her in to a battle between good (the Leafman) and evil (Boggun). Mary Katherine ends up befriending the Leafman trainee Nod (Josh Hutcherson) and his guardian Ronin (Colin Farrell) who are on a mission to bring the forest back to life and stop the evil boggum, (Christoph Waltz )’s deforestation plot. Their only hope to bring back the forest to life is to allow the Queen’s last flower pod to the blossom under the magical light of the full moon or the entire forest would be doomed.
The first time I played the movie at home, I was distracted by other tasks, although I felt my interest peaked. When DH sat down to watch it, I joined him to see if DS7 was correct. The first thing I noticed about the film was the amazing animation. The colours, the details and the realistic aspects were spectacular. The story line was very emotionally charged and you could feel the estrangement between both father and daughter who badly needed one another. One of my favourite features of the film was the three legged dog, Oscar. He provided a heartfelt conversation, about unconditional love, between my sons and myself following the movie. The battle was the classic good verse evil, but I loved how MK didn’t play the damsel in distress. Rather she was the first one to come up with ideas and attempted to lead attacks even if the situation was dangerous. I also liked that there was a friendship between Nod and MK rather than a romance, that occurs too often in movies turning the damsel from intellectual into an air headed mess when she falls in love. Although some scenes appeared dark and scary, they were very appropriate for both my son (ages 5 and 7) and neither one of them hid in fear. The problem with Epic is that it didn’t live up to its name. The movie never came to possibly that there wasn’t going to be a happy ending, rather the battle seemed very predictable. Not a blockbuster by any means, this typical, fairy, forest movie provided amusement and entertainment for my family on a lazy Sunday afternoon.