December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

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Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

September 27, 2013

Epic (2013)

When it’s over, Epic is delightful, a hidden gem. This is a film about the battle between good and evil taking place in our backyard, a battle between the creatures that protect the environment and the ones determined to kill the ecosystem. A teenage girl joins forces with the Leaf People to save the forest from being taken over by Boggans. The Leafmen reminds me of mythical Elves in a film which reminds me of Arthur and the Invisibles. There are plenty of archery, chases, swordplay, fairies, princesses, miniature creatures, and comedy. So, in a sense, there is something for everyone. The animation is enchanting and filled with characters that connect to a diverse audience. Audiences will laugh at the antics of Mub and Grub, the two wisecracking slugs. Pet lovers will enjoy the three legged dog, Ozzy, who is devoted and loyal to his master, the clumsy professor. Ronin and Nod will appeal to the boys, because of their warrior-like qualities. Girls will marvel at Queen Tara and the Flower People. Voice talent is perfectly cast, with Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Christoph Waltz, Colin Farrell, Aziz Ansari, Jason Sudekis and BeyoncĂ©. This film is smart, fun, and educational, and it is the latter aspect that makes me appreciate the film more so than other animated films. The film shows how the environment interacts and affects each other, and ultimately how it will affect humans. The concept of environmentalism is done on a smaller scale, in order to help younger audiences grasp the concept of co-existence, parasites, decay, and growth. Thoroughly entertaining. I highly recommend it.

My rating: 4 out of 5

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