Movie Review – ‘Early Man’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley.

I saw this movie on the last day of January this year! I hadn’t thought about seeing it! I thought I’d give it a miss. But in the end, after hearing a lot of talk and seeing previews of it, I thought why not?

‘Early Man’ is the latest animated film from Aardman Animations. It was directed by Nick Park, the man who created ‘Wallace & Gromit’. The film was…not exactly what I’d expected. But I enjoyed seeing it at the cinema. It has plenty of humorous moments and it has an intriguing outlandish story.

The story takes place during the Stone Age and focuses on a young caveman named Dug with his wild boar friend Hognob (I can’t help think of those Hobnob biscuits 😀 ). Dug’s tribe have their valley home threatened, as it’s about to get taken over by the Bronze Age people that somehow appear. :-/

The Bronze Age people are led by the ruthless Lord Nooth, who lives in his Bronze Age City where he loves bronze coin money and everyone else loves playing football. In order to save their home, Dug and his tribe challenge the Bronze Age people to play a game of football…this is the movie, isn’t it?!

That’s what this film’s about. The Stone Age people and the Bronze Age people in a game of football. I appreciate this will please many footballs fans. But honestly, I thought this was going to about…‘Early Man’! And the prehistoric age!!! Not a football game! How bizarrely outlandish is this?!

The film features the voice talents of Eddie Redmayne (from ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’) as Dug; Tom Hiddleston (Loki from the ‘Thor’ films) as Lord Nooth and Maisie Williams (from ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Doctor Who’) as Goona, a Bronze City vendor who helps the Stone Age caveman to play football. There’s also Timothy Spall as Chief Bobnar, chieftain of the cavemen tribe.

‘Early Man’ is a pretty enjoyable film overall. It’s not as good as the ‘Wallace & Gromit’ films and ‘Chicken Run’. Like with ‘The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists’ (also made by Aardman), I wasn’t expecting much with this one. But what I saw, I found it entertaining and enjoyable to watch.

I don’t think I’ll purchase this movie on DVD when it comes out on that format. But this film is definitely worth watching on the big screen. If you like Aardman Animations and ‘Wallace & Gromit’, then ‘Early Man’ should okay be for you. Its harmless fun and I found the animation very impressive.

By the way, there’s a bunny rabbit in this. It’s one of the same bunny rabbits from ‘Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit’! How uncanny is that?! 😀

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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