Running Time: 102 minutes
Brief Synopsis from the official site:
What is Epic? EPIC is a 3D CG adventure comedy that reveals a fantastical world unlike any other. From the creators of ICE AGE and RIO, EPIC tells the story of an ongoing battle between the forces of good, who keep the natural world alive, and the forces of evil, who wish to destroy it. When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she teams up with an elite band of warriors and a crew of comical, larger-than-life figures, to save their world...and ours.
MK is the main character of the movie. She goes to live with her dad, who is crazy about his work: proving there are small people living in the forest. She thinks he is cuckoo until she is magically shrunk and discovers that there are, in fact, little people living in the forest.
Nod was one of my favorite characters. He is a fast flying ex-leaf man in the movie. He is also the main male character, fighting alongside MK to defeat the evils of the forest. He is played by Josh Hutcherson, who starred in Bridge to Teribithia and is best known for playing Peeta Melark in the Hunger Games Movie.
When I first got in the car to go see Epic with my family, let me tell you, it was definitely not my first choice on the list of movies that are currently in theaters. Let's just say I did not regret my decision to come to the movies that day, because Epic is a fun family movie, and it is cute and well thought out.
Epic starts off with Mary Katherine, referred to in the movie as M.K. She is a girl coming to live with her father, who is a bit crazy. He believes that there are small people living in the forest, traveling too fast for humans to see them. M.K. does not believe him until she herself is shrunk and discovers the world of the leafmen.
Nod is one of those leafmen, or he was, before he quit. He is a fast flyer on his bird, but he is the kind of guy who wants no boundaries. He definitely did not plan on a pretty girl coming into his life and looking for help. M.K. was given a pod by Queen Tara, who chose the pod to be the next queen, to watch over it and keep it safe until the next full moon. Which should not be a problem, except for the evil villains of the story:
Boggans. This one up here is called Mandrake, and you do not want him living in your garden. He is the king of the Boggans, a species that destroy the forest and battle with the leaf men, who mend the Boggan destruction to keep the forest alive. If Mandrake can prevent the ceremony for the pod from happening, he can create a Son of Darkness instead of a new queen. Without a queen, the forest could never mend after the Boggans destroy it, and the forest will be dark and under Boggan rule forever.
I have to say that my favorite character, although Nod is pretty awesome, was the slug. If you watch the trailer at the top of this review you will get a hint about what I'm saying. It is pretty hilarious to watch him try and flirt with M.K. He and Nod will fight to the end to get the girl, let me tell you.
In conclusion, Epic was a pretty Epic cartoon, although I have no idea why people are calling it an Epic failure. I thought it was a good family movie and mildly humorous. If you liked Rio go ahead and see Epic. You will not be disappointed.