Memorial Day Weekend of Epic Movie Violence

Memorial Day Weekend of Epic Movie Violence

Memorial Day Weekend of Epic Movie Violence

This Memorial Day weekend, if you are looking for something to do with the family, you may want to think twice before seeing the movie Epic; it feels like an animated version of the movie Braveheart.

Epic is a children’s movie produced by Blue Sky Studios! based on the fantasy-adventure book by William Joyce.  The American 3D animated film boasts an all-star cast featuring Colin Farrell, as General Ronin; John Hutcherson as Nod; Amanda Seyfried as MK; Christopher Waltz as Mandrake; Aziz Anisari as Mub; Chris O’Dowd as Grub; Pitbull as Bufo; Jason Sudeikis as Bomba; Steven Tyler as Nim Galuu; and Beyoncé Knowles as Queen Tara.

Memorial Day Weekend of Epic Movie Violence

MK in Epic

The story in Epic is the age-old story of good versus evil, but with a twist, the combatants are microscopic.  The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs do battle while riding on birds and bats and swooping through the forest.  The imagery is stunning, the fantastic use of nature is brilliant and creative, the colors in the movie are vibrant, and the movie is complex and violent.

The violence in the movie is sometimes only inferred and characters are not killed onscreen, although there is one particularly scene where a character is killed specifically for laughs, and the audience responds accordingly.  However, the only thing missing from the violent battle-scenes is blatant beheadings and blood.

For very young children, they may not understand what is happening in the movie; the story line is intricate and probably too difficult to follow.  Children between 8 – 12 will possibly get that there is death and dying but may not fully comprehend the finality because they are animated characters, and older children may be bored by the movie entirely depending on what they are used to viewing.

For adults, the movie was interesting, had a good cast of characters, and the plot was stimulating enough.  The 3D was genuinely incredible and the brilliance of the colors in the forest was incredible, the screen came to life.

Memorial Day Weekend of Epic Movie Violence

Queen Tara

However, given the price of tickets and movie concessions, I would pass on this at the theater and spend my time outside this weekend, or select another movie.  If I had young children, I would not take them to see this movie, violence only begets violence, and this movie has it in Epic proportions.

When society wonders how and why children can point a gun at another child or beat them and video tape it all for the thrill of 15 minutes of infamy on YouTube, they need only to look at our source of entertainment.  Remember when Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner tossing Acme anvils on each other was scandalous?

By Dawn Cranfield

Senior Correspondent / Product Specialist

We will read your comment immediately so leave a remark!

RSS Guardian Express

  • NBA Playoffs Houston Rockets vs Portland Trail Blazers Preview April 19, 2014
    If star players are what NBA fans want to see in the playoffs, the upcoming series between the Houston Rockets and the Portland Trail Blazers is going to deliver. The two teams had four all-stars between them, and a number of other big name players. Houston edged out Portland for the four seed and home […]
    Brian Moore
  • Students Pitch Moon Colony Plan to NASA, Has Potential April 19, 2014
    On Thursday this week, a group of 40 senior students from Purdue University, presented their moon colonization plans to a very full room. Listening in were a few of NASA’s administrators, eager to collect ideas and provide feedback. Ever since scientists and aeronautics professionals have looked further into the possibility of sustaining human life outside [
    Brad Johnson
  • NBA Playoffs Dominated by Western Conference April 19, 2014
    This NBA season the Western Conference has proven to be more dominant than the Eastern Conference, as the lowest seeded playoff team in the West has a better record than the third seeded team in the East. This story has been a common theme in the NBA playoff picture for the past 15 years thanks […]
    Eric Kummel
  • Green Bay Packers Singles Can Now Find Love [Satire] April 19, 2014
    Fans of the Green Bay Packers can now find love anywhere thanks to the latest dating web site, Cheese head singles looking for the love of a significant other who also who is a Green Bay Packer fan finally have a place to go. Obviously this was long overdue. Of course some would argue Wisconsin is […]
    Mick Varner
  • Separatists Reject Ukraine Deal, Will Not Evacuate Government Buildings April 19, 2014
    The US, Russian, Ukraine and the European Union came to an agreement on Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland to put an end to the crisis in Ukraine. The agreement  calls for the pro-Russian separatists to evacuate occupied government buildings and lay down their arms. It also calls for the interim Ukrainian government to restructure its current […]
    Nathaniel Pownell

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 626 other subscribers