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szdaily -> Culture
Early Man
    2018-February-14  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

“Early Man” directed by Nick Park uses the stop-motion method, a technique as old as cinema itself, to tell a story about a tribe of Neanderthal* cave dwellers confronted* by Bronze Age colonizers with European accents.

A pre-title sequence kicks things off in style, showing how hominids* living on the earth alongside dinosaurs invented soccer with a hot meteor* in the Neo-Pleistocene Era near what will be Manchester, according to a subtitle.

Fast-forward several many millennia, and a tribe descended from* those first football-players are happily hunting and gathering in a lushly forested valley, under the leadership of aged Chief Bobnar (Timothy Spall). But young, ambitious* Dug (Eddie Redmayne) suggests that the clan try hunting something bigger than just rabbits, like buffalo or woolly mammoths*. Wild boar, however, are not an option given Dug’s best friend is an inquisitive* porcine* companion named Hognob (grunts and snuffles voiced by Park himself).

Then arrive the metal-clad warriors led by Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston). Nooth has been sent to rule the area on behalf of Queen Oofeefa (Miriam Margolyes). The colonizers mine the local caves for ore* to make the bronze that has built their empire. They take over the valley, driving the stone-agers away to the badlands beyond, and build a town where the main entertainment is soccer matches. Local pot-seller Goona (Maisie Williams) wants to play but can’t because of her gender*. Finally, she and Dug team up with the stone-age tribe to form a team to play against the Nooth-backed Real Bronzio, a squad of overpaid show-offs.

In other words, in keeping with the nostalgic* attitude that is seen in all aspects of the film, the authors’ message is that things were better in the old days, in relation to football and community values at the very least, when it wasn’t all about money and materialism and everyone worked together as a team.

It’s no accident that the red-tops and white-shorts strip (team uniform) that the stone-agers wear look like the England squad in the final of the 1966 World Cup.

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