Set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, EARLY MAN tells the story of how one brave caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day!
Summit Entertainment, StudioCanal, Aardman Animations and The British Film Institute present, an Aardman production.
What We Thought:
Early Man is pretty darn delightful. I’m a big fan of Nick Park and Aardman so I was highly looking forward to this. It didn’t disappoint.
Cavemen lose their valley to Bronze Era men who want to mine the bronze in that area. The young caveman Dug (Eddie Redmayne) challenges the leader of the Bronzemen to a soccer game, sorry football as they call it since it is a British film. The only problem for Dug is, his friends have never played the game and must learn it quickly. With the help of a Bronze girl, Goona (Maisie Williams), the underdog cavemen might just have a shot.
Even though I’m American and don’t like soccer, I still thought the movie was super cute and I actually got some of the soccer jokes. I have two nephews that follow European soccer and after the screening I called my sister to let them know to be proud I understood the references! There is a pretty fantastic Manchester United joke I won’t spoil.
Like all Aardman productions, the film is family friendly and entertaining enough for adults. The young kids at the screening laughed and seemed to have a good time. I’m a single, childless, adult male and I laughed and had a good time. Like their other productions, it’s the animal characters that get the biggest laughs. With nothing but noises and no actual words, Dug’s sidekick pig steals the film. He’s funny and has a great scene with Lord Nooth voiced by Tom Hiddleston.
If your family enjoys Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run, Shaun the Sheep or other Aardman films, they will love Early Man. Even if they don’t know them, the film is cute enough to stand on its own. I really enjoyed it and respect the heck out of the workmanship it takes to bring the characters to life. In a world of CGI, computer animation and more, Aardman brings back old-fashioned magic and I’m here for it.