Y’know, I probably shouldn’t have gone to see Early Man. I’m not a fan of Nick Park’s work. As a kid I was bored senseless by Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit is the worst part of Christmas day whenever it’s on TV. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the monumental amount of painstaking effort that goes into making a film like Early Man but I don’t like the style of the animation. There’s just something about the faces of the clay figures that makes my blood boil and brain switch off. I’m an economist, the whole thing just feels grossly inefficient.
To add to the burn, Early Man is very much a football film. Dug (Eddie Redmayne), a young caveman, gets his tribe into a situation where they have to win a football match to reclaim their home land from a bronze age Lord (Tom Hiddleston). The plot is super straightforward and never surprising in any way shape or form. Sure, it rumbles along nicely aided by some snappy jokes that feel quintessentially British in their formation but I lost interest very quickly – exponentially so as the film made its way towards the football field.
I’m not the target demographic for Early Man. It’s a simple family film, but that’s it.
Overall, I give Early Man a rating of 2.5/5. (including half a mark for creating excellent napping conditions).