Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Beyoncé Knowles, Colin Farrell
Directed by: Chris Wedge
Written By: James V. Hart, William Joyce, Daniel Shere, Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 42 min
This is a solid film, but just has a dumb title. Epic? Was that a statement of intent by the film makers or a comment from an overly enthusiastic member of a screening audience? That aside, this is a decent film. Not great, but well worth your time. The story is pretty simple and easy to follow, and its characters are interesting enough for nearly two hours of your day. The animation is gorgeous, and there are some genuinely funny moments that will entertain both adults and the kids. It is guilty of taking some convenient leaps with the plot here and there, but overall I found this to be an enjoyable adventure.
Don’t let the title fool you. It’s not EPIC. Just good solid entertainment for the whole family.
Best viewing format:
This is gorgeous so if you can a 3D or 2D matinee would work. At home, a HD showing is a must.
Best elements for me:
The snails – Mub (Aziz Ansari) and Grub (Chris O’Dowd) were hilarious!