Critic Consensus: Though its narrative themes are all too familiar, Epic is beautifully animated and crafted with just enough flair to make for solid family entertainment.
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Critic Reviews for Epic
For all its attempts at wonder and spectacle and play, Epic is mostly a slog.
Although the basic story is too juvenile and simplistic to entertain anyone with an age in the double-digit range, the themes and underlying ideas are too complicated to capture the attention of someone younger.
Director Chris Wedge falls into the common animator's trap of making the "human" characters a lot duller than the nonhuman creepy-crawlies.
With its array of goofy sidekicks (Aziz Ansari as a slug almost runs away with the whole picture) and carefully crafted relationships, Epic certainly manages to tell a compelling tale.
A 3D eco-fantasy whose mantra-like insistence that we're all connected by nature is one of the main things that underscores the abject insincerity of the sentiment as the movie articulates it, "Epic" is very nearly epic in its stifling mediocrity.
Audience Reviews for Epic
Truth in advertising would demand a title change, something more appropriate like: "not quite as epic as we would have you believe". Yah sure, unbelievably eye-popping animation, but the story doesn't allow for anything deeper than mere character introduction. The action happens but you'll hardly give two shiny pennies. Yer grammar school children won't feel gypped but you'll be looking out the window. Is the neighbor taking out the trash this time of day?
Funny, and very entertaining. The animation is excellent, it has an interesting Bug's Life-inspired story line, and is a really good movie that the entire family would enjoy...
|M.K.:||Somebody told me once that if you stand still in the forest long enough, you’ll see signs of a hidden struggle, raging between forces of life and decay. That the survival of the forest itself depends on the outcome. And that the good guys need all the help they can get. And that if you don’t believe it, take a close look. And if you still don’t, look closer.|
|Mub:||ugly says what|
|Mub:||Ugly says what?|
|Bomba:||Iiiiiiii huuuurt myyyyyyy elllllbooow!|
|Ronin:||Many leaves, one tree. We're all individuals, but we're still connected. No one's alone.|