colin farrell as ronin in epic

Colin Farrell as Ronin

*Before the story unfolds, moviegoers will be mesmerized by the animated superiority of “Epic.” Although visually fascinating, the film is filled with moral nuances.

“Epic” tells the story of an ongoing battle between the forces of good and evil. Ronin (Colin Farrell) heads an elite band of warriors known as the Leafmen, who not only have the task of saving the forest’s beloved Queen Tara (Beyonce) but essentially the world. Unfortunately the pregnant Beyonce was not at the Mandarin Oriental in New York to promote the film but Farrell was here.

There is an opening line in the movie that says, “The good guys need all the help they can get” and The Film Strip asked Farrell why is that so? “Bad guys don’t think about anyone else,” he explained. “So they have one common goal and the common goal has nothing to do with the common good of the people. They are single minded and anyone who is good, compassionate or cares about somebody else [is constantly under attack].”

So Colin what does it feel like to be in your first animated film?
I don’t know, I’ve done a lot of [killing]. I’m kind of bored carrying guns I think. I’ve carried a lot of guns and shot a lot of guns I don’t even like. I hate the things. I just don’t want to do the same things all the time.

Were you inspired by the film to get closer to nature?
I love nature. I have a nice little garden in the back of my home and I spend time out there. Whether I’m at home in Dublin or on the west coast I like taking in nature. Just look out the window! There’s Central Park—it’s beautiful. To me nature seems to be one of the most amazing and exciting things to pay attention to.

One film that Farrell did not need guns for but was just as lethal in is “Fright Night” and he was exceptionally frightening. Too bad it didn’t fair better. “Hart’s War” is another film that didn’t receive the recognition it deserved. Farrell was Tuskegee Airman Terrence Howard’s legal rep in this WWII film. For an engrossing discourse by Howard on racism taken from the movie, go to: http://movieclips.com/a94Gs-harts-war-movie-we-served-our-country

beyonce is queen tara in epic1Beyoncé created an original song, “RISE UP” for “Epic.” The song is written by Beyoncé and Sia and produced by Hit-Boy and Chase N. Cashe. Columbia Records will release the track.

The film director Chris Wedge noted that, “Once you got through all the craziness around her [Beyonce] in the booth while filming ‘Epic,’ you get to see what makes her so great. She is incredibly creative, incredibly collaborative, and just very talented.

“As she got into the movie more I really think she enjoyed it and she could’ve thrown a song at us and said, ‘that’s it’ but she didn’t. She played me one song at one point and said, ‘I don’t think this is right’ and just volunteered to send another song.  Then, she volunteered to record for us so that it would fit into the movie better. She really cared.  She was really professional.” The Official site is: http://www.epicthemovie.com

Syndicated columnist Marie Moore reports on film and TV from her New York City base. Contact her at thefilmstrip@gmail.com