Sunday, 30 July 2017

Epic (2013)

Genres

Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

Director

Chris Wedge

Country

USA

Voice Cast

Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Christoph Waltz, Aziz Ansari, Chris O'Dowd, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Beyoncé Knowles, Blake Anderson, Judah Friedlander

Storyline

Teenager MK (Amanda Seyfried) is transported into a tiny civilization and finds herself caught in the middle of a battle between good and evil forces. 

Opinion

I don't know if someone other than me has seen Epic Movie, but that movie sure wasn't epic. Same goes with Epic. While it's pretty to look at, it's far from being epic.

Slightly enjoyable, the story lacks originality (it's basically a clone of Luc Besson's Arthur and the Invisibles, from the war between the two tiny population to the impossible/predictable love story), it's not very developed, it's pretty bland, and, in top of that, it has a terrible pacing. At times it's fast and flows well; at times it's slow and feels like it's dragged forever.

The characters aren't that good either. They are pretty bland and clichéed which makes it harder to care for them, especially when you have a villain so weak that makes MCU's look like the best villains ever. However, the main characters are likeable and a few of them are funny (the snail and the slug).

Another issues with Epic is the voice cast. What bothered me the most was the casting of Beyoncé. She is a great artist and I love her voice but voicing an animated character just isn't her thing. Every single line she delivers is flat. Not a single emotion is conveyed by her. But it's not like the rest of the cast does a better job.

Then there's the animation. While it's yet another non-epic aspect of the film, it's good. Everything, from the setting to the characters, is beautiful and so rich in detail it almost looks real.

6 comments :

  1. Let me guess, Christopher Waltz played a bad guy?? I have no desire to see this flick and you reinforced it with this review:)

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  2. Dovevano osare di più...
    Sono tuttavia legato all'edizione italiana, che ha avuto come special guest Francesco Di Giacomo. E' l'ultima testimonianza del mitico cantante del Banco del Mutuo Soccorso. Quanto mi manca la sua voce...

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    1. Io l'ho visto in lingua originale :(

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  3. I actually liked this one. It's not without its flaws, but worked well enough for me.

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    1. I'm jealous. I wanted to like it.

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