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  • 3.5 out of 5

Early Man - A thoroughly enjoyable primordial soup


"Sliced bread? That the best thing since...well ever!"

You know you are in safe hands with Aardman Animation. Nick Park, Peter Lord and the rest of the team have rarely missed a step since Wallace and Gromit starred in 1989's Oscar-winning "A Grand Day Out". Early Man is the latest offering from director Nick Park.

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug (Eddie Redmayne), along with sidekick Hognob (Nick Park) as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age City to save their home with the help of Goona (Maisie Williams).

The film opens with the dinosaur-ending meteor strike and the subsequent invention of football. I know, just go with it. The laughs never stop coming in this clever script from Mark Burton and James Higgenson. The screening I was in was full of pre-teen children and the laughs largely went over their heads.

It's a short review as it's a delightfully brief and enjoyable 89 minutes of film.


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