I’m a big fan of Aardman films, like Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run, especially, so I was definitely interested in Early Man, and the great cast really got me interested.
Early Man follows the story of Dug and his prehistoric tribe of cavemen, after their land gets taken by Lord Nooth. Dug decides the only way to win back the land that is rightfully theirs, is to challenge the Bronze Age City’s football team, Real Bronzio.
As you can read from my summary of the plot, this isn’t actually a film about cavemen, it is more like a sports film and the majority of the film follows the cavemen training for the football match instead of just general life of being a caveman, and I think the film is lesser for it. I went in expecting caveman life and just to get a more generic sports film, I would have been set at another time in history and the story wouldn’t have to change too much.
The cast is good. Eddie Redmayne does a good job as the main character, Dug, Maisie Williams also does good job as the female lead, Goona. However, the most credit has to go to Tom Hiddleston, who is barely recognisable as Lord Nooth, who has a strong, impressive french accent. The rest of the cast, especially on the Cavemen side, is wasted. Richard Ayoade and Johnny Vegas in particular are completely wasted on unfunny jokes, which unfortunately for the film as a whole, are all too frequent occurence. In particular, the commentators for the final match are annoying and unfunny, I completely understood the reference but it just goes on for way longer than it should.
Overall, I was pretty disappointed with Early Man, with the great cast and the team behind it, it should have been so much better but with a predictable storyline that could have been so much better if it didn’t have the football match in. However, there are a couple of laughs but only a couple.
What did you think of Early Man?
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