Young Mary Katherine (M.K.) returns to her eccentric scientist father’s home, but his all-consuming quest to discover a tiny civilization in the neighboring forest drives them apart. However, M.K. soon finds herself shrunken down by Queen Tara of that forest who was mortally wounded by the putrefying Boggans, and charged to deliver a pod bearing the new Queen to safety. Together with a veteran Leafman warrior, two goofy mollusks and a young maverick, M.K. agrees to help. As the villainous Boggan leader, Mandrake closes in, M.K. and her new friends must draw on the best of themselves together and discover what they have to save their world.
After watching a bunch of cutesy, mediocre children’s movies, Epic took me by surprise. It is one of those movies that can be appreciated by kids and adults alike and has a little bit of everything in it.
Everyone’s wondered (or at least I have), at some point or another, if there are tiny creatures – fairies, and leafmen – living in nature. As kids, we looked for any sign that proved our imaginary worlds were real, so I love movies that play on these ideas. M.K. is a great hero to follow. She has tragedy in her life, but the movie never dwells on it. Instead, it focuses on her ingenuity and determination. In fact, all of the characters were great. Sure, some of them bordered on being stereotypical, but they had enough depth that it never became a problem. Mub and Grub were particular favourites because they made me laugh, and Nod for his carefree and arrogant nature.
There is the typical theme of good vs. evil, but it is present in a unique way. From the very beginning you get sucked into the beautiful fantasy world of warriors riding hummingbirds and fairy queens holding the magic of the forest. The visuals are stunning and world created is soft, pretty and magical. This is contrasted by the evils Boggans and their home of rot and mold.
Epic has a perfect balance of action and adventure with some slower scenes. At times it is quite hilarious, at other suspenseful, but it never ceases to be filled with wonder. Nothing is glossed over, and you learn enough about their society to be interested but not enough that it loses its mystery.
The plot is more complex than most children’s movies and is highly enjoyable. It is simple enough for kids, but interesting enough for adults. I liked the ending as it wrapped up just the right amount of plot. It is definitely an epic – a sweeping fantastical tale of magic and battles and heroes. The perfect family movie.