Written by Mary Palma
Early Man is the latest from Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park and Aardman Animation. This new film focuses on the story of Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his stone age tribe, who live in a lush valley surrounded by wasteland. The gang is about to enjoy a rabbit feast when giant mammoths appear, ridden by people from the badlands who wish to mine their valley home for bronze. As the tribe runs for their lives into the “badlands,” Dug follows the men home to plead for their home. The bronze age leader, Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston), challenges him to a soccer game against the elite Real Bronzeo, and Dug agrees despite his complete lack of knowledge about soccer.
The film has that familiar Aardman charm we’ve all come to know and love and you can’t help but be constantly impressed by the impeccable detail created by these claymation masters. While the historical accuracy is questionable (the beginning scene shows humans and dinosaurs co-existing), the story is believable and genuine. As an adult, it’s hard not to be reminded that in the long run, the bronze age will prevail, but you can’t help but root for the stone age anyway. Well written jokes, training montages and feel good moments will delight audiences of any age. It’s funny, sweet and entertaining. I find it hard to be truly disappointed by kids movies, but this one went above my expectations.
Overall, if you’re looking for a fun movie for the kids or just something to make yourself smile, Early Man is for you.