Flash Movie Review: Epic

The best part of the forest for me is the darkest place. Passing the wooden sentries, I look for the area where leaves have formed a confetti sky above me. In the quiet stillness, when the sun is at the right angle, a single ray of light will infiltrate the darkness. I love to see that single bright strand illuminate a tiny patch of ground; noticing almost microscopic sized, feathery objects floating briefly through the light. It is wonderful to witness; seeing the forest teaming with life. In this animated adventure, the forest was home to a magical world of creatures. Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Carnage) was flawless voicing the evil leader Mandrake. With the fate of the forest dangling in the balance, Mandrake was determined to overcome the forest’s protector Queen Tara, played beautifully by Beyonce Knowles (Dreamgirls, Cadillac Records). The basic story was about good and evil. What set this one apart from others was its creativity. First there was the imaginative and colorful characters of the forest. Next was the use of actors with distinctive voices like Colin Farrell (Total Recall, Seven Psychopaths) as Ronin and Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia, The Big Wedding) as Mary Katherine. I never thought in my lifetime I would hear Steven Tyler of Aerosmith voice a cartoon character as he did here, playing Nim Galuu. The movie was stunning to watch and had an engaging soundtrack, thanks to American composer Danny Elfman (Men in Black franchise, The Nightmare Before Christmas). While I was watching this film I was aware the children in the audience were sitting quietly, intently watching the screen. There was action, comedy, adventure and romance; something for everyone. The next time I walk through a forest, there will be no way I cannot think about the memorable creatures from this fantasy world.

 

3 stars

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About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on May 26, 2013, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. We went to see this movie tonight. My daughter (age 8) loved it. We were walking out of the theatre and she says, “That was epic!!” Too funny! I agree, I probably won’t be able to look at hummingbirds the same way again.

  2. Oh good! I really wanted to see this in spite of some other negative reviews! Your review stands out from the pack! Thanks moviejoltz! There’s magic and mystery in the forest…and there’s a certain magic in your interpretations as well. 🙂

    • Thank you for the sweet comment. I hope you find magic in the movie like I did. Please let me know what you thought of the movie after seeing it.

      • MJ, I loved the movie! Beautifully done! It appealed to the child within me. If one observes nature there is always an element of mystery. Such is the magic of childhood.

      • Oh I am thrilled you loved this movie. It was so creative and love your comments about nature. Thank you so much for sharing.

      • Thank you MJ

  3. I’m looking forward to seeing this one!

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