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Early Man

Film Information

Plot: Dug and his clan of Stone Age misfits fight to save their valley from the machinations of evil Bronze Age conquerers.
Release Date: On digital download from 21st May and on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD from 28th May. Available to pre-order now.
Format: Digital download, DVD, Blu-ray & 4K UHD.
Director(s): Nick Park.
Cast: Voices: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Miriam Margolyes, Rob Brydon, Kayvan Novak, Gina Yashere, Richard Ayoade, Johnny Vegas.
BBFC Certificate: PG.
Running Time: 89-mins.
Country Of Origin: UK.
Language: English.
Review By: Paula Hammond.
Film Rating


Bottom Line

Laughs, heart-warming story telling, and pun-filled visuals make this an Aardman classic you’ll want to own.

Posted May 16, 2018 by

Film Review

You just know that any film which manages to squeeze in meteor strikes, the extinction of the dinosaurs, a nod to Ray Harryhausen, and the beautiful game, in the first five minutes, is going to be all right. But, with Early Man, Aardman have have crafted something really special.

Aardman have always had a knack for making the small and the everyday seem epic and for those of us who share their wonderfully skewed world vision, Early Man is 89-minutes of snicker-some joy. If Chicken Run was their take on The Great Escape then Early Man is definitely their Escape To Victory. Only here, the plucky Brits are represented by Early Man, Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his clan of Stone Age misfits, fighting to save their valley from the machinations of evil Bronze Age conquerers.

Along the way, there’s the usual mix of laughs, heart-warming story telling, and thankfully ‘low-tech’ visuals. Claymation is the process that made Aardman’s name but the likes of Flushed Away and Pirates! An Adventure With Scientists seemed to suggest that the company was moving towards more mainstream animation and CGI-polished productions. While Early Man clearly does use some CGI, the feel is old school Wallace & Gromit. Nick Park himself commented that they were looking for a One Million Years BC, aesthetic, with finger-prints on the Plasticine all part of the design. They’ve succeeded in spades. It’s easy to imagine Dug and his faithful sidekick Hognob as the direct ancestors of Wallace and Gromit, with their fertile valley home (“just outside Manchester”) evolving into West Wallaby Street.

Tom Hiddleston, of Marvel-Loki fame, delivers a brilliant Python-esque villain, complete with outrageous French accent. Game Of Thrones’ Maisie Williams gives the women a heroine to cheer for in the shape of football-mad Goona. While Rob Brydon populates the film with familiar voices that will bring a smile of recognition and the odd chuckle.

Like all the best films, Early Man rewards eagle-eyed audiences and keen re-watchers with groan-inducing background jokes that get better every time you view. This is one film you’ll want to own.

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:


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