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Haven’t had a chance to formulate my thoughts yet but my 7 year old daughter and I just watched Epic on Sunday and we loved it! We chose to watch Epic in 2D since my daughter and I can’t quite stomach the insanity of 3D (makes us nauseous and all) but I tell you, the visuals were amazing and intricate and there was absolutely nothing missing in the 2D version (plus, it’s cheaper which means more money for popcorn).
Here’s a brief story line about the Epic children’s movie. There is life beyond what we humans can see with the naked eye. The “Jinn” live in the forest and there’s a queen, Queen Tara who is the life of the forest. Leafmen, little tiny and seriously cool soldiers, help to protect the forest and Queen Tara from the bad guys known as the Boggans who resemble dirty scruffy lizard like creatures intent on killing the forest and spreading their moldy-fungus-like rotted darkness.
Then there’s Mary Katherine (better known as “MK”), a human, who movies in with her father, a very eccentric scientist. You can tell from the get-go that the two aren’t exactly close and something has obviously happened to MK’s mom. My daughter picked up right away that mom “probably died”. So, what happens next?
It’ll take me forever to explain every single thing that happens but in essence, MK shrinks and ends up with Nod (yes, his name is Nod, took me forever to figure it out) who is Leafman material but just doesn’t seem to have the conventional discipline to keep it all together and Ronin. Ronin is the leader of the Leafmen and along with MK, Nod, and the unseemly likes of a snail and a slug (Mub and Grub, can’t remember which is which), they work together and save the forest.
There is a lot of action in Epic and I have to say, the storyline isn’t all completely easy to understand but it sure does lead to some pretty interesting conversations with my child afterwards. Young or old, I think Epic is a great children’s movie. There’s a lot to see and a lot to appreciate. There are some darker moments that younger children might find intimidating but overall, Epic is a really really good children’s movie. Okay, that’s it for now. Will report more in a few days when I get a chance to write something more coherent.
Short and sweet. Would I watch Epic again? Yep and so would my kid. Enough said!
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