What You Need To Know:
EPIC is fast-paced, with plenty of laughs and tears. The valiant Leaf people show loyalty, honor, self-sacrifice, and forgiveness. These traits would suggest a Christian story. However, the story’s setting involves an overtly monistic worldview promoting Mother Nature. The good news is that this part of the story is kept very light. Finally, EPIC is a little scary for young children and has two parallel plotlines, which is slightly confusing.
(Pa, EE, CC, BB, VV, M) Conflicting monistic, polytheistic, Gaia, environmentalist worldview with redemptive, moral, sacrificial, good versus evil plotline, with overt faith instance that says only someone special would die for those in another world, and lots of references to we are all one, the leaves are many but there’s only one tree, which doesn’t make sense; no foul language; lots of animated action violence as the Leaf people fight against the Rot people, people falling on spears, people get beaten, tortured or killed, people grabbed by birds or attacked by mice; no sex, but the love interests kiss one another; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking or drugs; and, father too preoccupied to pay attention to his daughter and a boy runs away from his responsibility, but both issues are resolved at the end.
EPIC is a big story in a little world. It starts off with a human girl, MK (short for Mary Katherine), coming home to the father she’s never known as a result of a promise to her recently deceased mother. The father is obsessed with finding another dimensional, teeny tiny world.
As it would happen, MK finds the tiny world, a world where the Leaf people are fighting the Rot people to save nature. The Rot people, led by their evil king, want to destroy all of nature. Every 100 years, at the summer solstice, when there’s a full moon, the queen of nature finds a bud, which turns into the next queen in the ancient temple when the full moon hits it. The Rot people mortally wound the queen, and she hands the bud to MK, and MK becomes a little person.
Now, MK, along with the captain of the queen’s forces, Ronan, and a disobedient young warrior named Nod, have to fight the evil Rot king and save the bud, so that nature will be saved. In the process, MK falls in love with Nod, while her father franticly searches for her.
EPIC has a lot of good qualities. It is fast-paced. There are plenty of laughs and tears. The valiant leaf people show loyalty, honor, self-sacrifice, and forgiveness. All of these traits would suggest a Christian story. However, the story’s setting involves an overtly monistic environment promoting Mother Nature and extolling the “balance of nature.” The good news is that that pagan part of the story is kept very light, so media-wise families can enjoy the movie if they explain the truth before watching to their older children.
Finally, EPIC is a little scary for young children and has two parallel plotlines, which are a little confusing. Therefore, it’s not as good as the previous ICE AGE movies by Blue Sky.