Animated Adventure Comedy - This animated period comedy is centered around soccer
and has a distinctively British sense of humor, but
there is plenty for kids and adults to enjoy. The PG
rating is due to some brief crude humor, and most
parents will find this to be safe viewing for all kids.
Roger EbertFull Review Good The story is mostly a pretext for gags, as well as for impressive bits of comedy staging... The movie never lives up to its magnificently silly opening sequence, which re-creates the extinction of the dinosaurs.
USA TodayFull Review Good ...uplifting Bad News Bears-style tale... ...an impressive voice cast, a clever script, an abundance of pig puns and a duck the size of a T. Rex... ...supremely quirky and earnestly heartwarming fashion that it's hard not to be charmed. ...James Bond-style spycraft, geopolitics galore and tribal intrigue a la Game of Thrones.
Rolling StoneFull Review Good ...filled with a handful of clever throwaway gags...giggle-inducing puns...and who's-on-first style wordplay... There's a perspective joke involving a T. Rex-sized mallard that's absolutely brilliant. Early Man feels like its relying on some very tried-and-true tricks instead of the company's usual high-quality game.
Slant MagazineFull Review Above Average ...feels so utterly disposable. ...a flat, formulaic narrative that displays only flashes of Park's typical offbeat inventiveness. Nick Park's talents often serve only to highlight the fundamental lack of inspiration at Early Man's core.
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Set in prehistoric times, the story of courageous caveman hero Dug (EDDIE REDMAYNE), living in a thriving valley together with his best friend and sidekick Hognob and a tribe of fellow eccentric and lovable tribe members, headed by Chief Bobnar (TIMOTHY SPALL). While ambitious Dug aspires to hunt mammoths and go on adventures, Bobnar is quite happy with the tribe leading a quiet, unperturbed life chasing rabbits. However, their peace is shattered suddenly when their valley is invaded by an enemy the likes of which they have never encountered before, in the form of the pompous Lord Nooth (TOM HIDDLESTON), governor of the Bronze Age town, and his army. A money-loving tyrant, Lord Nooth has found bronze in the tribe's beloved valley, and so invades with an army with armoured mammoths in-tow, forcing the cavemen to flee and take shelter in the inhospitable Badlands.