Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone
Directed by: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders
Written By: Chris Sanders, Kirk De Micco
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 38 min
Story wise, this is pretty simplistic. The Croods (crudes – get it?!) have to adapt to survive. This point is made again, and again, and again. So anyone over the age of twelve may start to wonder why the film keeps repeatedly hammering home this point. Even repeating some jokes for good measure too.
At first the film’s focus is Eep (Emma Stone), a head strong teenager tired of playing it safe and looking for adventure, and by the end of the film she’s taken on a supporting role and Grug (her father voiced by Nicolas Cage) is in charge. Grug being the super strong overly cautious, overbearing parent. I feel if they’d focused the story on Grug or both characters as a team, the film may have moved beyond these silly clichés, and be up there with other quality Dreamworks pictures such as Shrek or even How to Train Your Dragon.
The Croods makes up for the perfunctory story with the quality of the animation on display. It also boasts some of the most interesting character and creature design I’ve seen since Avatar! The movement and design of the Crood family, especially Grug, is superbly designed, and the film can often be hilarious. The action set pieces are really slickly put together, and most importantly, Groods is never boring.
If you’ve enjoyed other Dreamworks animated films, like Rio and Bolt, and the first Ice Age movie, you’ll enjoy this too. The kids are going to be entertained, and there’s enough in this for adults to enjoy too. Just don’t expect an original story.
Best moments for me: << very mild spoilers >>
The first moment of action as the Croods head out to get breakfast, does an excellent job of introducing the family, and it’s hilarious! “Release the BABY!”
Also later, when Grug is trying to compete with the somewhat more modern human called, Guy. At times it reminded me of the older looney tunes animation. Very funny!