2.7 out of 5 stars
“Epic Movie” literally throws everything on screen to see if anything sticks to its physical plane to crack up a spoof.
This scatological comedy strikes you in the face with intended humor centered around the most recognizable characters of Hollywood movies and personalities. It strays so far from the need to be creative in its storytelling process. In so doing, it makes its very foundation of humor quite laugh-deprived. It clearly presents elements so topical; yet, its use of ridicule, irony, and sarcasm are all too hysterically at a loss when it comes to creativity and logic. It ultimately falls flat from its disappointing, low brow comedy.
While it does a decent job of imitating movies and sometimes convincing the audience to decipher its physical resemblance to the characters being imitated, its inability to recreate a good enough satire does not conjure anything brilliant and new. It seems to lose interest in actually translating its parody into a humor-filled piece.
“Epic Movie” misses out in having a good-natured flow of comedy and any artistic input to level it up. It is not as comic as the pioneer “Scary Movie.” It merely centers on being a dumb type of comedy with its lousy script becoming convincingly as lazy as its directing.
The movie merely jumps from spoof to spoof without any intelligent thread to connect its too meager transitions and its too contrived and deprived story.
Writers and first-time directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer seem to treat it like a half-baked imitation from various sources. It becomes too dependent on its crude humor than keeping some fire of creative fun and logic to save its style from the pits of irrelevance.
The lightness of “Epic Movie” could have been more appreciated if it doesn’t rely in such a cheap plot, feeble shots, and very lame storytelling. The supposedly hilarious movie turns out to be a dragging offer — “epicless, comicless, and mindless.”
Some may find some reason to laugh with its mere imitation of Jack Sparrow or Willy Wonka or the curator breaking out into hip-hop dances and the future Queen of Gnarnia who also turns out to be the girl with the lowest IQ of all, as presented in the story.
At the very least, there’s actually one specific mindless but comic scene where I found myself laughing instead of scratching my head: the scene with the clueless Magneto hitting himself with metallic objects because of his power. A mindless laugh for that.
More than making superfluous spoofs of “Narnia,” “Da Vinci Code,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “X-Men,” “Harry Potter,” “Borat,” “Nacho Libre,” among other films, and poking on certain celebrities, this movie makes a big spoof of itself. It loses everything because of its knucklehead screenwriting.
Bringing some intelligence, even just a little more, could have saved it for some viewers who can appreciative something light, but not dumb-type stuff. There is so much that could have been done to uplift this mindless movie than stooping down to a level of below average IQ — just to appreciate its totality.
Overall, “Epic Movie” merely makes up for a shoddy offer.
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