The movie is about Mary Katherine (MK), a 17-year-old girl who has just recently reunited with her father, Doctor Bomba, a scientist obsessed in finding out small creatures that lure around a forest. M.K.’s skepticism leads her to leave, but because of unforeseen circumstances, she shrinks in size and proves for herself that her father is right all along. She wants to go home, but she’ll only be able to go back to her normal size if she helps the Leafmen, the small creatures in the forest, defeat the evil creatures called Boggans. Will she be able to help the Leafmen despite the loss of their queen plus the horrifying number of the Boggans?
Green was the highlighted color in the movie, and that comes with good reason: nature is Epic’s main theme. Hues of green in combination with yellow, white, blue and red dazzled the screen from left to right, signifying serenity that goes along with nature. Seriously, some scenes are so calming you’d want to wish they’ll stay on the screen longer. Meanwhile, shades of black, brown and grey made the dark presence of the villains felt in scenes they were in.
The movie’s pacing was just right. The audience won’t feel hurrying up or slowing down as scenes breezed through the screen. Important scenes were unsurprisingly highlighted, and yet there were also scenes that were given emphasis to convey important messages. And that’s what I liked best.
Speaking of messages, Epic might just be any parent’s favorite film as no offensive dialogue and blatant violence were shown in the story. In fact, the dialogue’s so smart the children and probably some adults were bound to learn new things and lessons about life. The dialogues of the characters were even all throughout. Even those lines that show humor didn’t fail to give it.
The voice actors in the movie were such a wonder, with the exception perhaps of a few (i.e. Beyonce voiced out the queen of the Leafmen, and I must admit I couldn’t understand what she was saying at the start.). I liked how Amanda Seyfried voiced out an endearing MK, Colin Farrell a snub Leafmen leader, Josh Hutcherson a young, easy go lucky soldier, Steven Tyler an old, wise glowworm and Christoph Waltz the leader of the Boggans. The rest of the supporting cast was good, most especially Aziz Ansari, who voiced out the funny laid-back slug.
What could possibly be lacking in this kind of movie? Ha, it lacked a deeper explanation about everything. It would be better if a bigger background about the main characters was shown. Even motives of some were not totally clarified. Meanwhile, the movie seemed to be full of lessons in life and yet some scenes just didn’t feel like showing these lessons well. Nevertheless, the movie was fun to watch and good to the senses right from the start.
Epic movie rating by the pondering movie fan: 4 out of 5.