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Epic Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

Science is for suckers, kids. Read full review

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  • 3.0
    52

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The animated result isn't bad. It's an adequate baby sitter. But where's the allure in telling the truth? Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios present "Adequate"?

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The film's clever use of emerald-colored hummingbirds as transportation is a highlight.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    While never losing its visual dazzle-factor, Epic keeps returning to overly familiar themes and characters.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    While it might not amount to epic animated filmmaking in terms of scope and invention, Epic, a 3D, CG adventure-fantasy from Blue Sky Studios, nevertheless makes for pleasantly engaging viewing.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Epic isn't quite destined for the “Again, again!” re-watchability of some of the Pixar classics, but for a satisfying explosion of color on a lazy summer day, it does the trick.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Animated adventure amuses but doesn't live up to its title.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Epic is an animated adventure from the same studio behind the Ice Age franchise and Rio. Part eco-friendly tale and part tiny-creatures story, Epic (which was inspired by the characters in William Joyce's children's book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs) centers on a teen girl who's magically shrunk into the world of miniscule armed archers called Leafmen who protect the forest from evil. There's a central good vs. evil theme, as well as a parent vs. adolescent storyline that should appeal to kids, but know that there are definitely battles and even a small body count (mostly due to arrows). The main villain is merciless and believes that it's his mission to destroy the forest and rule over a rotting wasteland. In addition to the violence, there's a romantic nature to two relationships in the movie, as well as several flirty (and snotty) jokes courtesy of a slug voiced by Aziz Ansari. Expect some insult language ("stupid," "idiot," etc.).

  • Families can discuss how Epic's violence and action compare to other animated movies you've seen. Does it have less impact because many of the characters are fictional creatures and talking animals?
  • Do you think the romantic subplots (between the queen and the captain or Nod and M.K.) added much to the story? Would the story have been just as good if Nod and M.K. were just good friends?
  • Although author William Joyce is a co-writer of the film and the Leafmen are based on his book, the rest of the characters don't have anything to do with the original story. Is it confusing when a movie is loosely inspired by a book but doesn't follow the story closely? (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is another example.)

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true2

    Educational value: Epic aims to teach young viewers the importance of the forest and its fauna and flora. Even the slugs play an important role in the maintenance of the forest. The characters also teach kids why they should pay attention to their elders and live up to their potential.

  • message true4

    Messages: Positive messages about children trusting their parents, the maturity it takes to stop thinking of just yourself and doing what's best for your people, the vital part that every creature plays in the thriving of a forest, and the necessity of teamwork to overcome various obstacles.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: M.K. realizes that her father is right about the Leafmen and decides to help, even though she's scared and doesn't at first understand the tiny fantastical world she's thrust into. Nod stops doing things just for himself or his own glory and commits himself to the Leafmen and their creed when M.K. needs help.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: A couple of characters (both "good" and "evil") die in battle from arrow wounds and falling to their death. The Leafmen and the Boggans fight in armed formations. The Boggans can cause plants to die with rot, and their goal is to make the forest a wasteland with nothing but rot and death. A character is presumed dead but is just gravely injured. There are several "close calls" when it seems like it's the end for sympathetic/favorite characters.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Queen Tara and Ronin, head of the Leafmen, flirt and embrace. Later in the movie, M.K. and Nod clearly show an interest in each other and end up kissing once. The slug Mub keeps flirting with M.K. and trying to convince her to "get with him."

  • language false1

    Language: Insults like "stupid," "idiot," "jerk," and "crazy."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: An iPod plays an important role and the logo is partially visible.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable

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