When everything around you is stultifyingly familiar, it's the tiny variations that catch your attention. And in “Epic,” when the filmmakers take little detours from the reluctant-warrior-accepts-his/her-destiny plot, it brings some desperately needed livening up to what otherwise feels like a crushingly by-the-numbers kid saga.
Sullen teen M.K. (voiced by Amanda Seyfried) heads out to the woods to live with her scientist father Professor Bomba (Jason Sudeikis) following the death of her mother. M.K.'s parents split over her father’s obsession that the woods are filled with tiny people who have managed to elude being noticed by human beings.
Turns out, he’s right, and M.K.’s arrival happens to coincide with a major once-a-century event: When there’s a full moon on the summer solstice, Queen Tara (Beyoncé Knowles)...