Ranked | Aardman Animation

5. Early Man 

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I went to see Early Man fairly recently. You can get a much better idea of my thoughts in my review.

Early Man is the story of our ancestors as they carved out a living amongst the dinosaurs. All of this changes when a meteor puts an end to the dinosaurs and turns most of the Earth into the cruel and unforgiving Badlands. It’s not all bad, though. The meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs also helps prehistoric man to invent football, when they start kicking the meteor around for fun. Shortly after it has committed genocide, which in retrospect seems a little macabre.

Fast forward a few years to Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his tribe living in the idyllic valley, complete with his pet pig Hognob (I know, I know). Their tranquil lifestyle is shattered when Bronze Age villain Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) turns up with his fancy new metal and claims dominion over the valley. Fortunately, the Bronze Age folks still love a bit of football. Especially their all-conquering team Real Bronzio. As it turns out the only way for Dug and his friends to win back their home is to beat Real Bronzio in a game of football. As you might expect, this underdog tale sees a ragtag bunch of misfits coming together to form a team with the help of football expert Goona (Maisie Williams) and the odd training montage.

Early Man is a really entertaining film and I did laugh pretty consistently throughout the whole thing, especially at any mention of Hognob. It’s pretty obvious what’s going to happen as the film progresses. I think I could have sat and had a bash at the plot without seeing it. That said, the animation is utterly charming and there is a constant stream of jokes to amuse the whole family. It just doesn’t quite hit the heights of some their other films.

Oliver Buckley

Oli has been writing for Ready Steady Cut since November 2017. He has a PhD in Computer Science and he writes articles about TV, film and, very occasionally, science.

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