It has become some kind of tradition that popular Hollywood movies would be retold in another version. Before, there were parody movies which transformed all thrillers into comedy films with the name "Scary Movie" which isn’t scary at all. Now, come the new film from the team behind those funny "Scary Movie" franchise called "Epic Movie." It’s certainly a funny idea to mix all the plots and characters of last year (and beyond) big Hollywood movie into one extremely hilarious film. Those who watched or knew all the films being featured would find it funny just to see all the ripped-off work they made from those beloved films – sometimes they went beyond limit and it might disturb some easily offense audience. However, all in all, "Epic Movie" is funny and made a very good cultural reference of American cinema and popular icons of 2006.
The main plot of "Epic Movie" followed the life of 4 orphans who discovered a secret wardrobe to the "Gnarnia Kingdom" where they have to fight with the evil White Witch to fulfill the prophecy and restore the peace to the land. Come to think of it, I could narrate the name of the movies which are featured in this film as follow: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Da Vinci Code, Nacho Libre, X-Men: The Last Stand, Snakes on a Plane, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Harry Potter, Superman Returns, Click, Casino Royale, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan and much more.
If you are well aware of American culture and celebrities as well as gossip entertainment news, you could easily understand all the puns in the movie. If not, it would be just another comedy with a few laughs for you. Some scenes might not make any sense, they are just there to intervene all the stories together. The effort of mixing up all movies together should be praised, but it depends on your taste and style – like it or not, it’s up to you.
2 stars out of 5 – Don’t expect too much for this kind of movie. Watch it in theater if you have spare time (and money for the tickets). If not, wait for the DVD to come out. There might be more hilarious outtakes and some more special features to watch anyway.