Film Screening 24th August, 2013

Poster for Epic


7:00 PM, 24th August, 2013

  • PG
  • 102 mins
  • 2013
  • Chris Wedge
  • James V. Hart, William Joyce, Daniel Shere, Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember
  • nda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Aziz Ansari

From acclaimed children’s author/illustrator William Joyce (Rise of the Guardians) and director Chris Wedge (Ice-Age, Robots) comes an ‘epic’ story told on a tiny scale. Epic is a computer animated fantasy/adventure film loosely based on Joyce’s children’s book “The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs”.

It tells the story of an eccentric father, Professor Bomba (Jason Sudeikis), who is convinced that the forest contains miniature inhabitants – and has sacrificed his career, marriage and relationship with his daughter in pursuit of them. It is Bomba’s skeptical daughter Mary Katherine (Seyfried), who reunites with him after her mother passes away, who is then thrust into an ‘epic’ adventure after an encounter with a forest inhabitant.

While it employs familiar tropes such as good/evil and light/darkness, Epic deftly handles these themes by focusing its attention on the beauty and interconnectedness of all forms of life. The storybook-like aesthetic of the film as well as thrilling point-of-view action sequences reinforce this notion by enabling us to identify with and appreciate the magnificence of their world.

Epic assembles a ‘something for everyone’ cast, featuring musicians Beyoncé Knowles, Pitbull and Steven Tyler alongside established actors like Josh Hutcherson, Colin Farrell, Chris O’Dowd and Christoph Waltz. Ultimately, although the film is well constructed, its predictability keeps it from reaching the illustrious heights of say, a Pixar feature. So while it may not be quite the ‘epic’ of its title, it is nonetheless a solid family film that makes up for its lack of originality with sheer and simple enjoyment factor.

Alice McShane

Poster for The Internship

The Internship 

8:57 PM, 24th August, 2013

  • M
  • 119 mins
  • 2013
  • Shawn Levy
  • Vince Vaughn, Jared Stern
  • Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne, Aasif Mandvi

After Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson) find out that their employer has gone out of business, they set out to find new jobs to prove that they aren’t as obsolete as everyone believes. Doing so is easier said than done, but when Billy manages to talk their way into a coveted internship at Google, things start looking up – at least until they meet their competition. It turns out that gaining entry into Google’s Silicon Valley utopia was only half the challenge, and the two former watch salesmen soon find themselves vying for jobs against the country’s most elite, tech-savvy – not to mention younger – geniuses.

Reuniting Vaughn and Wilson after their first mega-successful collaboration in 2005’s The Wedding Crashers should have been the easiest casting decision in the history of filmmaking. The two have an infectious comic chemistry that sparks whenever they’re on screen together, which almost makes up for all the duds they made while apart.

The duo are ably supported by the likes of Rose Byrne and John Goodman (and a familiar face in a scene-stealing cameo), but the true discoveries of the film are the young actors playing the “Big Bang Theory”-like über-nerds that Billy and Nick team up with. They may be complete unknowns, but that certainly doesn’t diminish how hilariously they play off the seasoned veterans.

All in all, The Internship is a charming, warm-hearted and thoroughly entertaining underdog comedy that fans of Vaughn or Wilson (or even Google – that should cover everyone) should see.

Adrian Ma