- 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:
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).
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!)
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.
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. 🙂
Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars for The Croods (Dun-Dun-DUNNNNNNNN!!!)
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–T, The Focused Filmographer