BY LE LE MAC
For me, animated films are usually enjoyable to watch, even as an adult. Wreck-It Ralph was fantastic because it taught kids and adults alike to have a strong sense of individuality, Up was compelling as it explored the theme of companionship, and How to Train Your Dragon was thoughtful as it played on metaphors of taming the dragon/emotions. Epic, meanwhile, was about good vs. evil. That’s it.
All movies have elements of good vs. evil, but to make it an interesting movie, there needs to be layers of subtexts and context to make it worthwhile for the audience. Otherwise, the viewer leaves the theatre shrugging off the movie and saying. “Who cares?” At least that’s what I did.
In a nutshell, Epic is about a teenage girl who magically shrinks and joins forces with the good little guys, the Leafmen, in order to save the forest/world from the bad, ugly little guys, who seek to rot the forest for whatever reason. Battle ensues and — SPOILER ALERT! — the good guys win. The world is saved. That took six writers to put together.
These writers also tried to throw in other subplots, such as coping with deceased parents and trying to have a relationship with a neglectful parent. There was such little time spent on these issues for emotions to grow and to be felt. These subplots were meant to make the movie more dimensional, but instead they made the film seem disjointed.
Epic has enough visual stimuli and action sequences to keep kids under six years old entertained, but it will leave the adults feeling bored and disappointed.