I love animation movies, I love them a lot heck I am an animator myself and strive to one day get a job in a studio and work on a movie so you can imagine, I love animation and everything about it so now let's talk about epic.
Epic is very beautiful movie and they pushed technical envelop in making a forest come to life. Such beautiful designs and well crafted environment and trust me, you will go wow at least one time during the movie. Everything works well, you have your good guys, your bad guy, your protagonist who is quite likable, an adventurous mission and world at stake BUT the whole story and everything died for me because the movie failed in its storytelling.
The balance between comedy and tragedy is sooo odd. Right when a tragedy happens, a character dies and you are all sad and letting it sink in, director hits you with a very weird mis-placed pun and you instead of laughing get irritated. It happens so many times in the movie that I got irritated after a while. I wish they had figured out a balance between things.
There is also a timing thing. The whole movie is a tale of one night and in many scenes they give you this sense of urgency that you have to do a certain action, right then and there but movie takes charge and you have weird dialogue exchanges, cat fights and cutting jokes at each other part that makes you go, are you really doing that, NOW?
I think they added those puns and moments so to keep the movie from going too dark but it made the whole adventure weird.
Because of that irritation, I am giving it my first ever low score and it makes me sad. 7/10 most of it is bc of production design.