Wednesday, May 29, 2013
It's a sweet story about a girl who moves back in with her dad after her mom dies and discovers a secret world in the woods around their house. Her dad has long been convinced there are tiny green warriors riding hummingbirds in those woods, and he's dedicated his life to capturing evidence of them. This obsession is why his wife left him, and why his daughter now thinks he's loony. That is, until she meets them herself, gets shrunk to their size, and sets out on a quest to help them save the forest from a bunch of evil creatures bent on rotting everything in sight.
Epic is kind of an Avatar for kids, with some of the same "nature needs our help" ideology going on. But it also has a nice message about parents and children needing to really listen to each other instead of letting the generation gap widen irreparably. The visuals were lovely, full of refreshing greens and ominous greys, and the characters were a lot of fun. I didn't love this movie, but I wouldn't mind watching it again when my kids are older. There's some cartoony violence, a very vicious mouse, and a pretty intense scene where the main character gets chased by her pet dog after she's been shrunk, so I don't think my little ones are ready for it yet.