Review: Ever wondered how various species on the Earth co-exist in a beautiful symbiotic relationship? You’ve read about all of it in various books, seen it on your Television screens, and been assured of organisms that are breathing and living, just the way you are; whether or not you can see ‘em through the naked eye. Yes, the idea of discovery is always amazing. Don’t you think?
Epic may not have an oven-fresh outlook on the the Save The Environment concept since you’ve seen elements of it in the books written by Dr. Seuss, as well as the films that were based on the books (Horton Hears A Who!, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax). Still, this is a film one must watch. Not because it is an animated film et al, but because films such as these often carry a moral to take back home. Perhaps, you may start feeling for the cause so, that you would resolve to bring about a change in your surroundings, especially if you believe that miniature men and women exist and are fighting to save their little world, inevitably connected to our world.
The film begins with a rather troubled relationship that a teenage girl, M.K. (voice-over by Amanda Seyfried) shares with her father who has spent all his life believing that a force exists in the ecosystem and consequently devoted himself to the cause, in the process alienating everyone who was close to him save a three-legged dog, Aussie. . It was maybe intended destiny that a non-believer should come across the hidden forces of nature thus commencing a full-fledged adventure, fighting a war of Good vs. Evil as well as falling in love – a rather obvious conclusion.
As mentioned earlier, there is no one reason to watch the film, ‘cause Epic is a story embedded with a smart use of 3D Animation technology by Blue Sky Studios, the makers of the widely popular Ice Age series and Rio. Of course all music fans will instantly recognize the voices of the rockstar Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith (the voice behind I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing, Taste of India’ etc.) who’s given the voice-over for an uber cute character, Nim Galuu, a scroll-reading, prophecy-reciting Seer. That’s not all though, there is also Beyonce Knowles as Queen Tara and a flirtatious slug and an ambitious snail called Mub and Grub who will manage to make you smile through their antics.
Epic is truly an unforgettable lesson that one shall take back home with them. An apt weekend watch for everyone whether or not this genre of cinema appeals to your senses. Also look out for an interesting use of the now popular video chat technology in the film.