Pauls Valley, Oklahoma —
If I were to pinpoint one item that keeps it out of contention for the year’s best it would be how the queen’s role is almost dismissed right at the end after being set up as the one thing holding this hidden world all together. Without spoiling too much of the plot, what happens with the events leading up to a successor for her majesty shift in rather lame direction and what emotional attachment characters had in-between the worlds suddenly becomes a cheap resolution from a Saturday morning cartoon.
I kind of expected more from the same studio that brought us a very vibrant “Rio,” but unlike that, I’m not invested enough to care if there is a sequel. If you need a quick distraction for the wee ones, it works, but otherwise it’s better to hold out and wait for something like “Monsters University” later on. All in all, I’d say “Epic” earned two and a half out of five germinations.
Movie viewing experience courtesy of the Royal Twin Theater of Pauls Valley.