'Epic' Review By Thomas Clarke (Kiion)

Whilst it is not a true 'Epic' in an art form, Blue Sky Studios latest venture is perhaps their most personal yet!
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  • Visuals
With 'Epic', Blue Sky Studios has done something most surprising. That being the decision to produce a animated feature that holds little comedy, with a focus on a serious narrative and high moral meaning. This is not necessarily a bad thing to occur for the studio, just strange when looking into their past successes as an animation house, the 'Ice Age' franchise and 'Rio' both hold extremely high comedic elements and score big at the Box office. By surrounding this element from their latest venture, the studio has perhaps created - and beautifully crafted - their most personal movie yet. With true meaning to be found in the film, the narrative may seem overly serious for the target demographic that this studio has, in the past, aimed for. However, with a cast stock full of interesting and quirky characters, as well as an overly vast array of colour in every frame it holds, the world of 'Epic' surrenders this moral message to the background and as such, survives - and deservedly thrives - the attention of children.

After the obvious, it is never mentioned in the film of the passing of her mother. Mary 'M.K' Katherine is forced to live with her estranged father - who through a lifetime hunting for little people, is deemed odd and embarrassing in his beliefs. Struggling with his intent on proving his theories, as well as the change in scenery, M.K decides to leave home and make it on her own. However, when she is caught up in a battle between the leaf-men and Boggans (two groups of little creatures that strive for power over the forest) resulting in the death of the forest queen, M.K is shrunken down and tasked with bringing the power to the chosen heir - in doing so saving the forest from utter destruction. Aided on her path by two leaf-men soldiers, Nod and Ronin, as well as a slug and snail, M.K must transport the essence of the past queen to the correct place where it can bloom into a good natured source. Hunted for this essence by the leader of the Boggans, voiced expertly by Christoph Waltz, M.K and her companions battle 'Epic'-ally in hopes of saving the balance of nature, whilst also finding a way in which she can return home.

'Epic', like most modern day Computer Generated animation films, is beautifully crafted and crisp in its production. With character models and setting designs made to the highest standard so far for the studio, the film borders on 'Pixar' quality as standard. A step up from their past films, 'Epic' also carries an interesting narrative and enthralling characters - be it slightly underwritten in some instances. With a well chosen voice cast, each performing their roles admirably, the animation side of this film feels almost complete. However, with a more serious tone throughout, the film suffers from a non-lightheartedness that this studio has come to be known for, and as such, feels odd in relation to their past workings. A change of tone will please some, whilst detract others. A modernized 'Fern Gully' that holds a similar final message, 'Epic' is a well designed and expertly made film that shows the prowess that this studio holds within the genre. C+

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Comments (15)

  1. Thomas Clarke (Kiion)

    @the-movieghost Thats cool mate, just think that probably we have similar tastes in films.

    2 years agoby @thomasclarkeFlag

  2. the MovieGhost

    No worries @thomasclarke, I'm a 21 year old US guy, Lol.

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  3. Thomas Clarke (Kiion)

    @the-movieghost oh right sweet good luck with getting it one day, one quick question how old r u mate? And are you a US citizen. Just wondered who I was talking too. (I am a Uk 23 year old boy if you wanted to know :) )

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  4. the MovieGhost

    @thomasclarke Well, what I said in the thread was if I get the Stamp, that'll be great. If not, it won't affect my continuing to do reviews.

    2 years agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  5. Thomas Clarke (Kiion)

    @skywise Thats good (means my reviews are easily read). Thanks for always giving them a look over, much appreciated.

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  6. Thomas Clarke (Kiion)

    @the-movieghost So you aiming to get it then?

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  7. skywise

    @thomasclarke Maybe i just read it really fast.

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  8. the MovieGhost

    Well @thomasclarke, my name was tossed in for consideration, but that's as far as I've made it, for now :P

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  9. Thomas Clarke (Kiion)

    @mr-k Thanks mate, I like being official and like I have already said - keep going and you will be one no doubts there. You have watched this film too - the only other review for this film is yours - and so I was wondering, did you find this film odd when comparing it to their past productions? I did.

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  10. Thomas Clarke (Kiion)

    Thanks for giving it a read mate, the film was above average in most ways - just that it did not feel much like their past works and that made it feel odd in being made by this company. Yeh official is pretty awesome - you going for it?

    (instead of clicking your mention part of your post, I accidentally clicked on the flag option. Sorry about that)

    2 years agoby @thomasclarkeFlag

  11. Thomas Clarke (Kiion)

    @skywise Did it seem sort? Its the same length as at least half my reviews (over 600 word) - I try to do one long one and one short one, long ones being over a thousand words. Thanks for saying its a good review though. You should watch it, just for the spectacle any hows :D.

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  12. Mr.K

    @thomasclarke Good review. Damn that stamp is making me feel jealous XoX. It looks good on your reviews.

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  13. the MovieGhost

    Nice job @thomasclarke. I don't have plans on seeing this myself, but that didn't reflect on your review. And damn if that Official Stamp doesn't look good! Ha ha!

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  14. skywise

    @thomasclarke short but sweet. I have been wanting to see this. I will probably wait until blu ray but it looks good to me. Love the review.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag