There’s no other way to put it: Epic is uninteresting. It’s attractive, but very dry. Almost everything about it amounts to a sigh as the audience waits for Chris Wedge’s animation to go through the usual family friendly motions.
I didn’t find the film’s eco-friendly message to be clamouring, but its ability to tell an inventive story is seriously lacking. Especially when the film is visually brimming with imagination.
James V. Hart, Daniel Shere, Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember, and William Joyce conceived the flaccid screenplay which is also loosely based on Joyce’s children’s book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs. The term “loosely based” makes me weary. The end product suggests that the film should’ve stayed closer to Joyce’s book. Maybe then, Epic would’ve had more of an inspired, child-like energy to it instead of its clomping approach to the material.
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