Rated: PG Reviewed by: Matt Release date: February 16, 2018 Released by: Lions Gate Films
Early Man is the story of a caveman named Dug (Eddie Redmayne) who lives in a valley with his tribe of cavemen. However, when a bronze age city run by the evil Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) discovers that their home is filled with bronze it is up to Dug to rally his tribe and battle Lord Nooth in the only way the bronze city knows how, soccer (or football as they call it).
If the premise sounds a bit bizarre I wouldn't blame you as the story feels about as random as you could get when dealing with a topic like this. But in reality the story and its characters are very basic in design and execution. The plot is painfully predictable and the characters each fall into a typical movie stereotype that is easy to follow and identify with. In most movies I would have a problem with this except this movie is clearly aimed for children in a way that many modern animated films are aimed for both adults and children. The simplicity of all of it in the end was actually a bit refreshing to see as the film, for all of its predictability, the film knows what it is, who its target audience is and runs with it unapologetically and for that I give this movie a good amount of credit.
However, despite that the movie for me was boring with no real stakes or consequences in the film. The characters are simple and easy to understand but overall nothing special.
In the end, Early Man is an ok movie that children will enjoy but will leave adults wondering when the movie will end. It's harmless fun that doesn't require a trip to the theaters to see. Instead wait for it to become available in home, unless you're a diehard soccer fan that needs to see all soccer related films, this one can be skipped.