Search
Welcome to my updated website

Use this space for anything from simple blocks of text to powerful widgets, like our Twitter and Flickr widgets. Learn more.

To access Website Management, hit the 'esc' key or use this Login link.

My email address:dkharris74@gmail.com
Commissions
Blog Index
Powered by Squarespace
This list does not yet contain any items.
This list does not yet contain any items.
Navigation

Entries in animaion (1)

Tuesday
Feb202018

EARLY MAN (2018) Movie Review

BEFORE I BEGIN:

 

The reason I went to see “EARLY MAN” was two fold.  1. If I don’t then who else will?  I mean look at the box office it’s predictably bombing big time.  2.  After reviewing the dumpster fire that is “GOBOTS: BATTLE OF THE ROCK LORDS” I needed to see something good.  Even if this was the worst Ardaman film that would still be 10 times better than the GOBOTS!

 

One last thing when I came into the theater no-one was there.  Heck about 5mins before the film begin no-one was there.  Eventually people did come in(and a family left before the climax)but there was about the same amount of people here that were at my screening of “KUBO OF THE TWO STRINGS” but less than “THE EMOJI MOVIE”.

 

STORY

 

After the opening where we see a group of cave people create Futbol we then skip to see perhaps the last survivors of the stone age get run out of their home by the bronze age or rather the local governor searching for more bronze.  In order to get their land back the young stone boy(?) Dug challenges the Governor’s top team to a futbol match.  If the lose they have work in the mines.  Oh there’s also a 50ft. duck with sharp teeth running around for some reason!

 

THE GOOD 

 

Good integration of 2D, Stop motion and CGI.  During the credits there was one for pyrotechnics.  That surprised me because I thought the explosions were all cgi.  Now knowing that they all weren’t impresses me even more.   I enjoyed the characters.  While they didn’t have deep characterizations they were all fun.  None of their quirks were overdone. I really liked the main character Dug.  He was smart but not overbearing.  Relatable and had a good spirit to him.  Here’s something I didn’t think I’d compliment, the voice acting.  Yes this has a few celeb voice but I didn’t realize that it was them.  That’s awesome because I’ve always felt that in voice acting you should be playing a character and not yourself. After all once a film comes out who remembers the celeb that voiced what role?  There are also some great visual gags.  Some are even funnier if your a fan of futbol(soccer).  I also liked how well constructed the world was.  There were some funny visual gags that came from how the world was built.

 

THE BAD

 

It was predictable in parts.  In some ways it was WAY to obvious.  I understand that this is for kids but kids, even young ones are more sophisticated than adults give them credit for.  While I really enjoyed the film I think it will leave a lot of American movie goers cold because it has soccer in it and Americans don’t love the sport(even though kids play it when their younger).  There are a bunch of quick jokes about the sport both verbal and visual that if you don’t know anything soccer it you’ll just be scratching your head.

 

RECOMMEND:  YES a little.

 

While I didn’t laugh at loud any point I did smile a lot and chuckle a good number of times.  It’s not Aardman’s best film.  I would put “Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit” and the “Shaun the Sheep Movie” ahead of it.  I would put this on the same level of “Pirates: Band of Misfits”.  That said I still found it enjoyable but I get the feeling that this film won’t find it’s audience.  Not in America at least.  There are critics saying that after “Paddington 2” and “Peter Rabbit” there aren’t any other family films.  Uh, actually their are.  Yeesh, if even critics don’t know that this film is out then what chance those it have?  “EARLY MAN” won’t do well at the box office.  One reason is it came out too late or too early(too early? early man? was that an unintentional joke?)If this came out in January or August or September it might’ve had a better shot.  this came out the week of the “Black Panther” premiere and Peter Rabbit is in it’s 2nd week with very little box office drop off. When you also factor in “50 Shades Freed”, “The Greatest Showman” and “Paddington 2” there isn’t enough money to go around.

 

However this film has a bigger problem which isn’t it’s fault.  It’s stop-motion.  The American movie going audience doesn’t like stop motion animated film.  At first I thought it was just because of the creepy aesthetic of the films of Studio Laika.  Except Aarman has a different feel and also looks more claymation than puppet.  It doesn’t matter.  While occasionally there have been a few hits(“Corpse Bride”(well it made it’s money back),”Chicken Run”, “Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit” and “A Nightmare Before Christmas”)in the domestic box office, Americans just don’t like the style and prefer the comfort of CGI now(which odd since CGI ages way faster and stop motion tends to be ageless).  

 

Even though the film is bombing I hope it’ll find an audience overseas.  As for people thinking “Oh your wrong the American audience doesn’t just go for CGI films!  Their more diverse than that!” Well we’ll find out this year won’t we?  During the previews they showed trailers for “Isle of Dogs” and the next “Shaun the Sheep” movie.  If either or both are a success here then I will be incredibly happy that I’m wrong but I’m betting that I’m not.