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Family Movie Review: Epic (PG)

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MPAA Rating: PG       Length: 102 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 6+. The PG rating is mostly because of the film’s scary imagery, which includes miniature-sized monstrous beings that resemble ogres with battle armor made out of skeletons, battles between those beings and the humanoid figures, and some decay, destruction, dead things, and characters that die. There were definitely some screams and crying from younger children at a recent press screening. Also a kiss and thematic material including some characters’ passed-away parents.

The latest children’s animated film ‘Epic’ clearly, and desperately, wants to be exactly the kind of movie its name suggests. But the plot feels so uncreative and familiar, and the animation so uneven, and the narrative so expected, that ‘Epic’ doesn’t really feel very monumentous at all.

By Roxana Hadadi

Children’s animated movies are so often about sending a message to their viewers, and of course that makes sense—educating while entertaining is a noble-enough ideal. But what the film “Epic” does so, so wrong is murk up its messages, deliver so many dictums one after another that it’s hard to keep track of everything kids should be doing after seeing this movie. Saving the entertainment? Sure. Listening to everything their parents say? Alright. Opting out of any free will or choice of their own? Hmm. There is something weird going on in “Epic,” and I’m not even talking about the film’s heavily-borrowed-from-“The Secret World of Arrietty” plot.

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