Review: The Croods

croods_ver8The Croods

  • Starring: The vocal talent of Nicolas Cage (Astro Boy), Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern), Emma Stone (Marmaduke) and more.
  • Directed by: Kirk De Micco (Space Chimps) and Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon)
  • Synopsis: “The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures — and their outlook is changed forever.”
  • Rated: Rated PG for “some scary action” (It should just be “G”)
  • Must-Watch Trailer:
  • Review:

Dreamworks Animation is often hit-and-miss for me. I liked Shrek and LOVED How to Train Your Dragon, but Puss in Boots, Shrek 2-4 and Rise of the Guardians were merely “just okay” to plain boring for me. Nothing in the promotional materials for The Croods made me feel that I just couldn’t miss this latest family adventure (except for, perhaps, the pretty cool trendy sloth who was probably my favorite character).sloth

I went to The Croods expecting another mediocre-to-bad animated adventure. And, while it is mediocre…it is fun. I found myself laughing at several one-time happenings and phrases in this prehistoric journey that follows a band of family and friends on their way to a new great land that remains unthreatened by the pending apocalyptic end of the world as it were. (Much like Land Before Time. I kept waiting to see my childhood faves like Littlefoot, Sarah, Petri, Ducky and Spike!)croods3

A story filled with multiple angles such as a father fighting to be the source of all for his family, the avoidance of everything new, a teenage girl hoping to find her own fate along with the evolution of acceptance all cover the pallet of the plot…oh yeah, and the world is ending, so…there’s that! A bit too complicated overall but there is a decent amount of blending and extra delights (such as fun storytimes, egg-hunting football and fun mother-in-law hatred) that I didn’t mind.
Families will enjoy watching this movie together. One of the funnest aspects for me in this film (aside from several hilarious side-phrases from the son, Thunk, mentioned in the background of the movie) was watching it in a theater where the laughter of children filled the air. My own laughter joined theirs in several parts such as a moment in which a prehistoric dog is taught how to rollover.

I laughed so hard at this guy’s “Rollover lesson” part!

A bit surprising is how the story goes from “Little Mermaid” meets “Land Before Time” and turns all “Armageddon-ish” towards the end with a deeper/misplaced drama than expected. However, the beauty of the film is three-fold: (1)its message of family/acceptance, (2) the characters giving something for each family member to relate to and (3) the fun usage of modern elements mixed with caveman carrying-ons!


There are some parts of The Croods that made me realize again that I am not the target audience for this film…

(that scene did nothing for me, but got tons of laughs in the theater)…but, it still was fun.

Not one that I will seek out to rewatch/buy mind you, but, families will definitely enjoy the opportunity to see something together and have a fun time relating to relationships and realizations. I give this one a higher score than I thought that I would, given that prior to watching I really saw this as a “dumb” film that showed off all of its laughs in the previews. I didn’t want to watch this one, but I guess you could say that the film grew on me…or that my opinion adapted/evolved. 🙂

Watch it with your family and come back and let me know who your favorite character or what your favorite part was!croodsfinal

Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars for The Croods (Dun-Dun-DUNNNNNNNN!!!)

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Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

T, The Focused Filmographer


  1. Encouraging review. It sounds like you and I had the same approaches to this film. It really didn’t interest me but it certainly has the attention of my kids. Now it sounds like something that we could enjoy together.


    • I did enjoy this movie that I admittedly expressed to friends about feeling it to be “stupid.” It’s not a solid film, but it is something you will definitely find enjoyment in watching with your family. I can’t wait to see your thoughts. You should interview your kids and include their thoughts in your review! 🙂


  2. The fact that it has both Nic Cage and Ryan Reynolds in it turned me off from seeing it but I’ve heard some positive reviews from others. I may as well check it out. Nice review.


  3. My father and I were watching the TV spot and had this pegged as something that was either going to be great or terrible, no in-between. Now you’re saying it’s in-between… don’t make me out to be a liar, Terrence. 😛


    • Haha. I am at work but I had to respond to this. It couldn’t wait. Lol. Well, I didn’t intend to make you out to be a liar and I still won’t call ya one, BUT…it is neither great nor terrible! I can’t wait for you to see it now!


  4. I didnt think it was complicated at all. LOL. If anything, this flick was pretty simplistic! I appreciated the fact that it aimed itself more squarely at children. The Pixar effect (where animated films get aimed at ALL audiences now) needs a counterbalance. The kids in my theatre were cracking up too, so… good on “The Croods”!


    • complicated in that it put a bit too much: end of the world, father/daughter, father jealousy, new boyfriend’s family storyline, drama of self-sacrifice etc…it was a lot coming at ya. Not bad, but still a lot. I felt it was a bit too much anyways. But I still liked it more than I thought I would.

      Thanks for rolling through man! Glad you liked it too


  5. It sounds like you liked it more than you should. Going with a movie like this, the challenge is a proper balance of staying within the world but also having relatable elements. From your review, it doesn’t sound like this one struck that balance, especially that shoes clip.


    • well, see, that shoes clip is what made me think it would be that way, but it ended up being a lot better balanced that expected. Granted, there was a little bit too much to balance IMO, (Fogs’ disagrees with me on this point), but the balance is there. 🙂


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