Another win for Aardman.
I've been watching Nick Park and Aardman's work for as long as I can remember. Whether it was the incredible "Wallace and Gromit" or "Shaun the Sheep", I have been a fan of their style and humor for my whole life. "Early Man" is no exception, it's a movie that is funny, stylish, gorgeous, uniquely British, and always charming.
"Early Man" tells the story of some cavemen who live in a valley that serves as a sort of oasis as the earth around them is a primordial wasteland. Their peaceful life is soon disrupted by a more advanced people who are in the Bronze Age. Soon our main caveman, Dug, and his hog pet, Hognob, challenge the city of Bronze Agers (?) to a game of Football for the rights to their valley. The story is pretty thin and more serves as little more than an excuse for Nick Park to enact his signature style and comedy with this fun tribe of cavemen. That style and comedy are all excessively British as the football game is full of Premier League references and much of the movie is the training for the football match and the jokes that accompany that (the two teams at the end of the film are Real Bronzio and Early Man United. If you don't get this joke you probably wouldn't appreciate some of this movie).
But most of all this movie, like every Aardman movie, is so charming and fun to watch that it's hard to not find something to enjoy even a little bit. "Early Man" may not match up to some of Aardman's other classics like "Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the WereRabbit" or "Shaun the Sheep" but it is still a very succinct and enjoyable stop-motion ride that I would gladly take again. [B-]
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