I don’t quite know why, but I love stop motion animations and specifically Aardman ones such as: Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Chicken Run. So when the announcement came that a new film was in production, Early Man, I couldn’t wait to go and see it. Therefore on a pretty dry weekend for film, despite all the new releases, I decided to make my trip and see Early man.
Synopsis- When a stone age tribe have their valley taken due to the expansion of of a bronze ago tribe; they are banished to the badlands and are desperate get back home. However, when Dug (Eddie Redmayne) finds himself caught up in one of “The Champions” football matches, he challenges them to match for the valley but if they lose they will be forced to work down in the mines.
Positives- This film is very good fun. Throughout the film there are jokes that are stupid and hilarious and little plot sequences that demand big belly chuckles. The array of voices on show from a number of remarkable actors and actresses was truly incredible. Even though they were little pieces of Play-doh I still managed to engage with them through the voice actors. To further accentuate this, the interactions between characters were as if this was a family group from our time, which allowed us to empathise with the characters even more. Also even though the main plot was entirely predictable, this film had a number of interesting and hilarious sub plots that meant this predictability wasn’t a problem as I watched it.
Negatives- To begin with the story was a bit wispy and boring and it began to waver my initial optimism. It was trying to do long pan shots over a field of play-doh which was very odd and not effective for its purpose, of setting the scene. Finally, on a number of occasions throughout the film visual effects were used to create explosions. A massive explosion on top of a play-doh volcano was again, VERY ODD.
Conclusion- I enjoyed this film. It did exactly what I had expected, which was amuse the audience, over the course of its small 89 minute running time.