Sunday, February 11, 2018
MOVIE REVIEW: EARLY MAN
A plucky cave man named Dug, his sidekick Hognob and the rest of their tribe face a grave threat to their simple existence. Lord Nooth plans to take over their land and transform it into a giant mine, forcing Dug and his clan to dig for precious metals. Not ready to go down without a fight, Dug and Hognob must unite their people in an epic quest to defeat a mighty enemy -- the Bronze Age.
Director: Nick Park
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall
Release Date: Feb 16, 2018
Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Rated PG for rude humor and some action
Runtime: 1h 29 min
Early Man, Nick Park’s latest claymation entry, is as decidedly charming as it is British. It’s got some solid laughs even if never really nails an emotional center. Park’s characters are fun and eccentric but the film’s brisk pace never lets us get too close to any of them. Eddie Redmayne’s Dug is central character and he’s a likeable sort matching Redmayne’s endearing voice work. Tom Hiddleston hams it up as the film villain who’s never any sort of real threat. I would have liked to have seen Maisie Williams character get more to do but she’s still solid in parts. The movie’s real MVP is Dug’s side kick Hognob, a prehistoric hog, who is good for laughs throughout. Early Man probably won’t be remembered as one of Nick Park’s classics like some of his Wallace and Gromit films or even Chicken Run. That being said, it is a charming family film that’s going to leave a smile on most people’s face.