Early Man – Movie Review – A mediocre prehistoric tale.

Set at the dawn of time, Early Man tells the story of Dug (Eddie Redmayne), a caveman who sets out to reclaim his tribe’s homeland from Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston), who has taken over the land in order to mine it for bronze.

This story is a fairly simple one and the script doesn’t do a whole lot to elevate it, into anything more than a simple story for kids to watch and enjoy. Some kids films blend more mature themes into their narratives to both appeal to adults, but also to leave children with a positive message and a lesson to learn by the end of it. This film doesn’t delve into any mature themes and that’s fine, not every animated film has to but that does result in a film that feels very barebones in terms of story and depth.

One thing that surprised me is how much the story revolves around the sport of football. I had no idea when I started watching the film that football was an aspect of the story at all. It turns out to be what most of the story focuses on, which was certainly unexpected. Especially considering I was expecting a prehistoric adventure film, but instead I was given a film in a prehistoric setting revolving around football. The film doesn’t do much with it’s more unique time period and setting which I found to be disappointing. Also the story itself doesn’t really go anywhere and it’s predictable throughout.

The voice acting on the other hand was great. Both Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston sounded unrecognisable as Dug and Lord Nooth. Hiddleston in particular added quite a lot of personality to his character through the somewhat bizarre voice he used. It was mainly through his performance where we are given mild moments of comedy that work. Maisie Williams was also good as Goona, a vendor in the Bronze Age City who befriends Dug.

Aardman’s signature stop motion, clay animation still looks great, it felt refreshing to see for myself because I haven’t seen one of their films in years. I also still find this type of animation to be very impressive, and it’s nice to be given another example to show that this type of animation hasn’t died out within the industry.

Overall Early Man is a mildly funny film that is somewhat enjoyable, despite paling in comparison to some of Aardman’s best like Chicken Run and Flushed Away. Unfortunately the story is predictable and doesn’t develop anywhere and the characters aren’t that memorable either.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

(3 Stars Out of 5)

-T.Graham.

Early Man – Starring Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams and Timothy Spall.

-Directed by Nick Park.

-Now showing in U.K. Cinemas.

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