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.
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.
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