Early Man (2018) Sunday, 29 March 2020

Early Man (2018)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG (UK): Infrequent mild bad language, threat.

  • The pitch:

    Early Man united.

  • Starring:

    (voices of): Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade, Mark Williams, Nick Park, Miriam Margolyes, Rob Brydon, Johnny Vegas, Kayvan Novak, Selina Griffiths, Simon Greenall

  • Directed by:

    Nick Park

  • Running time:

    89 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Characters get squashed by slabs of rock, thrown through the air, hit with objects, bitten, shot at (spears), punched, knocked/pushed over, splattered with goo/hot tea/bird poo, nose-squeezed, dowsed with water, chased by a giant duck, squirted in the eye, hooded, kidnapped, tied up, shirt-grabbed, tripped, dacked. Characters fall over, bump their heads, fall into a fissure, slam into one another, slide down an embankment. A man is rammed down another man's throat. An animal is tied up and hung over a campfire. An inanimate character is beheaded. A character makes a throat-slitting gesture across his neck. Animals are used as musical instruments, boots. Break and enter. Dinosaurs fighting, cavemen fighting. Burning object. Asteroid hits a planet. Characters say, "Let's kill something", "we're gonna get slaughtered", "take him away and kill him slowly", "tell chef to boil the bird up into a cassoulet". Growling, barking, screaming, howling. Blood/gore: Dead dinosaurs. Teeth marks on limb, red hand print on nose. Human skeletons, dinosaur skeletons, dinosaur bones, eyeballs floating in soup. "Your funeral" mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, hugging, hand-holding. Nude man (genitals obscured; bum visible). Paintings of characters mooning. Shirtless men. A crocodile bites a man's crotch area (implied), man holding crotch area. A man blows kisses at the screen. Man in shower, man in bath, back massage. A man slides to a stop beneath another man's legs in the shower.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    None.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Crap. Name-calling (fool, primitives, idiots, crow, savages, silly old bat, crazy, angry pan girl, losers, stupid, gormless halfwits, stupid old bird, silly, disgrace, etc).

  • THEMES:

    Football, soccer, cavemen, ancestors, hunting, mining, greed, teamwork, bronze, the beautiful game, practice, training, cave paintings, pre-history, under-Dugs.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Erupting volcano, thunder, lightning, full moon. Cavemen fight over a giant drumstick, animal fur/animal skins/antlers worn, zebra skin on ground, animal tail waved around like a flag. Rabbit, butterflies, dinosaurs, badgers, mammoth, squirrel, hog, crocodiles, beetle, spider, spider web, lizard, buffalo, giant rat (mascot), pigeon, crab, duck, slime creatures, caterpillar. Face-licking, toe-sucking.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Endearing, old-school, charming, appealing, character-driven, detailed, silly, glorious, funny, innovative, joyous, likeable, easy, welcome, timely, warming, homey, retro, kid-friendly. Uproarious/rich/high-profile voice work, daffy/pun-heavy/good-natured/gentle/goofy/winning humour, thowaway/clever sight gags, old-fashioned/straightforward storytelling, slightly off characters, adorably ugly characters, lovably British, painstakingly hand-crafted stop-motion animation, trademark style, crisp editing.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Familiar/mediocre sport-based narritive, not as warm/witty/clever/eccentric/madcap/genius/satirical as prevous Aardman animations.

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