ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
PREMIERE 5.30-7.30pm C4
From Blue Sky Studios, the makers of Ice Age and Rio, Epic is completely different, a more grown-up computer-animated fantasy — based on a book — about a hidden world where tiny humanoid warriors called Leafmen saddle up armoured hummingbirds and battle evil foes called Boggans in a beautifully realised forest that will remind you of a less alien Avatar. On the surface,it’s a bit goody-goody, with a professor’s sassy teenage daughter (voiced by Amanda Seyfried) miniaturised and embroiled in a succession crisis involving a microscopic Queen (Beyoncé, no less). Lacking the instant animal appeal of the aforementioned franchises, Epic (a terrible title) is nonetheless breathless with adventure, much of it winged, and there’s ample comic relief from two talking slugs played by Chris O’Dowd and Aziz Ansari (TV’s Parks & Recreation). You might even say that Christoph Waltz’s villain Mandrake was a dry run for his Bond bad guy in Spectre two years later. And the ecological angle is admirable, especially for the very young.
Eat Pray Love ★★
PREMIERE 10.00pm-12.40am C5
Part self-help guide, part rose-tinted travelogue, this adaptation starring Julia Roberts is a trip to remember, as long as you don’t expect it to change your life.
Prepare to be boggled by a time-travel caper that sees hitman Joseph Gordon-Levitt sent to kill an older version of himself, played by Bruce Willis. It stands up to repeated viewings.
George of the Jungle ★★★
The Tarzan movies get an affectionately silly send-up, with goofy Brendan Fraser sporting the loincloth and John Cleese giving good voice as an ape called Ape.
This gripping Norwegian crime tale sees a recruitment officer’s art-theft sideline turn into a punishing game of cat and mouse after he tries to rip off a former special services soldier.