Early Man (2018)
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Miriam Margolyes, Johnny Vegas
Directed by: Nick Park
Written by: Mark Burton, James Higginson
Rating: PG Running Time: 1 hr 29 min.
My 2 Cents:
This was fun, not great, but fun. A sports movie told at the dawn of time with Flintstone style sight gags and a lot of dry British wit. Early Man isn’t a movie for kids, it’s a movie for adults, and not young adults either. This film is ideally suited for English men and women close to and over fifty-years-old, because they’ll get all the references. It’s the film your parents will try to sneak into the conversation over what to watch on movie night. Feigning that they’re taking one for the team when in actual fact, they’ll be the only ones still smiling at the end of the film.
So, if I were to review this movie based on whether kids will like it, I’d say give this one a miss. But, if you’re an adult, like me, and older adult, like me, and you don’t give a flying codswallop what anyone thinks about a person of advanced years watching a Nic Park ‘kids’ film, then I say, wholeheartedly, go buy yourself a copy.
Early Man speaks to the ‘coming home’ crowd of football/soccer fan. The entire film is about the 1966 world cup! The fact that we invented the game yet haven’t managed to bring home the trophy in so many years, is all covered here. Even down to the commentary and the now classic line, “they think it’s all over…It is now!”
Beyond those obvious calls to the English national team, there are also plenty of fun observations about the game too. The whole movie moves at a slow steady pace (for us old timers) and to be honest, is quite predictable. We won in 66 after all. This probably won’t entertain your kids, but you’ll sure get a kick (sorry) out of it.