I had the weekend off, and up here in Ontario, Canada, we have a little thing called "Family Day". Most everyone gets the day off, and the idea is to spend some time with the family and do a family activity or whatever have you. Of course, most of us just use it as a relaxing day off, family or no. Anyway, my mother and I are both Aardman fans, so we decided to take to the theater and check out 'Early Man'. Most unfortunately, however, a bit too much noise and distraction kinda ruined the whole experience for us, or at least for myself. By the time the climactic sequence was up, I was already well-taken out of the movie. But, I got the gist of it, and that didn't mean there weren't a few funny bits throughout the movie. But truthfully, this might be one of the weaker of the Aardman titles either way.
The film follows a caveman named Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his faithful companion, a warthog (of sorts) named Hognob (Nick Park). After a bunch of Bronze-age bums, led by Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) completely drive the cavemen out of their homes, Dug decides to challenge their football team to a game, and it really ends up being a football (or soccer, if you like) movie more than what I imagined it to be. And if you haven't figured it out by now, the world's history is kind of all over the place here. However, it does let you know from the get-go that this is to be treated as something like 'The Flintstones' in the sense that it's just fun for kids, you're not really there to learn history and what existed when.
There have already been a few good name drops as far as the voice talent goes, but it goes on with the likes of Maisie Williams of 'Game of Thrones', Timothy Spall of 'Harry Potter', David Ayoade of 'IT Crowd', and Mark Williams of also 'Harry Potter'. So it has a solid cast of British talent lending their voices to these characters. Some sound a bit obvious, but others are well disguised, which is always a bonus for voice talent.
It's a fun and harmless movie you can take your kids to and just have fun with. If you take it too seriously with how inaccurate it is, you won't have any fun with it. That being said, Aardman has done several other films that have been quite a bit better in comparison. It's cute, but it's not as clever or laugh-out-loud funny as some of their other titles.