Epic

Epic

It took me a couple of minutes to place the tale, as Epic began. It has been quite a few years since my children were young enough to have me read the tale to them, however, as I heard the tiny soldiers refer to themselves as Leafmen, my memory of evenings with the William Joyce book suddenly snapped back into my brain. The Leafmen (and the Brave Good Bugs)! Of course! MK of Epic by Blue Sky The story is somewhat different than that wonderful children’s book, hence the new title: Epic. The story was in wonderful hands, however, since William Joyce not only co-authored the script, but was also the Executive Producer of the film. MK is a teen back from school, visiting her absent-minded, science obsessed, and possibly delusional father. Kudos to Blue Sky, by the way, for the female protagonist that doesn’t suck. MK soon finds herself in the middle of a battle between the good Leafmen, who protect the life force of the forest, and evil Boggens, who cause all the decay. MK, voiced by Amanda Seyfried, plays an integral part in the survival of the forest when the Forest Queen dies before the ceremony for the new Queen comes to pass. The Queen’s protector, Ronin, voiced by Colin Farrell is the ultimate chivalrous soldier and Nod, voiced by Josh Hutcherson, is his brash young student, who isn’t learning nearly quick enough to stay out of trouble. Luckily for MK, Nod starts getting his act together when she needs him most. Epic reminds me of a miniature Avatar in some ways. Many of the themes...
Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

Robert Downey Jr. takes over the screen once again as the head of Stark Enterprises, as he battles a new nemesis in the form of the Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley. Gyweneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle also return in their respective roles as Pepper Potts and War Machine in the fast-paced superhero film. Iron Man 3 doesn’t waste any time before they through you into chaos and mayhem. Of course, there’s nothing like giving the press your address to give to a set of psychotic lunatics to shake things up. I have a feeling Stark thought better of that move when suddenly the Mandarin is blowing up his home with Pepper inside! The third movie in this incarnation of the Iron Man saga doesn’t sit still very much. It starts off fast paced and stays there through much of the film. It slows down a bit when Tony Stark gets help from Harley Keener, played by Ty Simpkins. I really must say that I loved his interaction with this kid. Stark is rough on Harley, fairly mean and dismissive, but the kid just calls him on it, puts him in his place, and moves forward trying to help the superhero as much as he can. Ty Simpkins steals the show quite a bit with his quiet performance. Probably my favorite scene is when Tony Stark is having yet another panic attack, and Harley tells him to calm down and breathe, and then says: “You’re an engineer right?” Stark says, “Yeah… right…” and the kid says, “Well, why don’t you go make something?” This instantly calms down Stark as he...

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