Review by Jordan Hunt for CaryCitizen.
Cary, NC – Epic is a perfectly serviceable family film that kids will most likely enjoy and parents won’t be completely bored for the 90 minutes they’re in the theater.
Lack of Choices
So far this year, there has been a severe drought of family films at the theater, with The Croods being the last one to come out all the way back in March. So I imagine the kids will be begging for a trip to see Epic, if anything to keep them distracted at least until Monster’s University comes out .
The good news is that Epic is a quick and simple fantasy/action film that will at least keep the kids paying attention if not entirely engrossed thanks to its amazing visuals and nearly constant action scenes.
A Cast of Characters
One thing that really keeps Epic from soaring is its cast. On paper, it’s actually a pretty good ensemble. Colin Farrell, The Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson, Beyonce, and Amanda Seyfried who was most recently seen in Les Miserables.
But somehow, they never really mesh with their characters, with Beyonce especially falling flat as the queen of the forest. Her delivery is clunky and awkward and took me out of the movie every time she spoke.
Granted, the kids in the audience didn’t seem to mind, but I think the lack of a standout character also kept them from really falling head over heels in love with the movie.
I feel I should also mention that this movie does get a little dark at times. It’s rated PG, so obviously it’s nothing too intense, but there are a few characters who die in the film so it might be a bit much for the youngest ones.