Mix, match and hope for the best
Having watched this movie after being begged, cajoled and finally blackmailed, I’m sorry to say that I started out extremely biased against Epic from the start. Sadly, the movie didn’t really change my opinion much, if not worsen it.
It’s a basic father-daughter bonding story, with the usual setting change – this time being shrunk to a size of an insect, and living in a forest kingdom, while your semi-mad scientist father does nothing to find you, so engrossed is he in his search for the aforementioned forest kingdom.
Throw in two Leaf Soldiers – one orphaned apprentice and one mentor (who was conveniently, a good friend of the apprentice’s father); one queen of the forest with telekinetic plant powers, and two talking slugs.
Add to the mix, the death of the queen at the hands of a villain who wears rat skin as a cloak, the subsequent death of the villain son (who also wears a rat-skin cloak) at the hands of the mentor leaf-man, and the absorption of the queen’s powers by a lotus bud, which will then choose the next queen.
Epic quite happily steals quirks from well-known and not-so well-known franchises – Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Arthur and the Minimoys, to name a few and promptly mashes them together in the new setting. But, it turns out to be less than the sum of its parts – not altogether surprisingly.
In the end, none of this really matters though, because as long as it has a happy ending, it will please its target audience, namely little people who couldn’t care less about the intricacies of the movie, but will come in hordes, for an hour’s entertainment.