The Croods Reviews
"Meet the first modern family"
The Croods was sort of a let down in some aspects, but the animation is beautiful and the settings, and caveman era is really cool. So it ends up being a very fun ride. The nice voice cast of Nicholas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Cloris Leachman and Clark Duke lend good voice to the beautiful imagery.
A family that lives exclusively in the darkness of their cave are forced to adventure out into the real world and encounter all the dangers that it withholds in search of a new home after theirs is destroyed by an earthquake. They run into a boy who knew this was gonna happen and who also has a very good understanding of earth. The movies main theme is about thinking for yourself and not fearing the unknown.
This isn't a standout when it comes to the animated family film genre, but it's a fun film nonetheless. I expected a little more from the story, but overall it was okay. This isn't really worth the watch unless you like watching these animated movies no matter what. If you just watch the best of the genre, this one shouldn't be a necessity.
Very good animated movie! The Croods is a film which is guaranteed to be enjoyed. It might not be the best film out there, but it certainly is a great one which has its own comedic and adventurous moments, a movie for the whole family out there and to all those who prefer watching it in 3-D, the effects are seriously good in this film and your choice would be a valid one. All in all, no matter what age you may be, "The Croods" might just bring back a smile or a few memories of those old childhood fantasies where anything was possible. Go see this!
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.
The plot runs along the same kind of lines as 'Ice Age 2' and 'Ice Age 3', mixed together. The Croods must leave their home and find pastures new because of impending earthquakes and land formation which is tearing the area they know as home apart. On their journey they discover new lands which are alien to them which kinda feels like a 'lost world' theme, which would be similar to 'Ice Age 3' and various other fantasy films.
To be honest at first I really didn't like what I was seeing. I didn't like the way everything was designed, any of the characters and I didn't like the animation. Plus the start is pretty slow really, nothing much of interest happens and you start to wonder if it will be set purely within rocky terrains and dark caves the whole time.
Its only when the family must uproot and move on that the film starts to look much much better, again...a little too much like 'Ice Age 3' but lets leave that alone. Once we start to see all the colourful weird and wonderful lands, creatures, flora and fauna, I found myself enjoying the adventure a lot more (sigh of relief too I might add). Odd choice to make all the animals fantastical over realistic, not sure about that, I think it would of worked better with real accurate animals, flora and fauna etc...It might as well of been set on a distant alien planet really, it bares no proper resemblance to the real prehistoric era.
I'm still unsure about the characters though, jury's still out on them. All together they kinda reminded me of 'The Addams Family' but set in the prehistoric era, I think you can see what I mean. 'Grug' the father was a fun character voiced well by Cage, which was a surprise, really couldn't see that working out when I heard of it. I reckon Patrick Warburton would of been a good match for this 'Stan Smith-esque' caveman, but Cage does a good job. The only other character I liked was 'Grug's' son 'Thunk' voiced by Clarke Duke. A typical dim witted character but he made me smile.
Its not overly hilarious but there were times where I smirked and grinned at the lunacy. The whole sequence where 'Grug' is trying to come up with ideas to challenge 'Guy' was nicely done, some good Wil E. Coyote moments in that montage. I also liked how 'Grug' was always hoping his mother-in-law would get killed or eaten, nice touch there for the adults.
Poor start, gets much better midway through and ends with a very predictable weepy happy ending like all animated films do. I liked it but there are so many things I would change about the film if it was my project, the whole concept is pretty unoriginal now anyway thanks to a certain other franchise. Some nice touches but they don't save the film completely for me.
The Crood family's hunting and problem solving tactics are really too cartoony, yet still not funnier or cleverer than the X's and O's of football strategery. I guess I was expecting an element of realism. The movie doesn't really start until Eep meets Guy who miraculously has AAALLLL the answers to prehistoric civilization: fire, shoes, critical thinking skills, musical instruments, slithey pets that act as belts, need I repeat: fire?? shoes??? critical thinking skills???? Where the hell did he come from?!
The story follows a family of cavemen called The Croods, which includes the father Grugg (Nicolas Cage), the daughter Eep (Emma Stone), the mother Ugga (Catherine Keener), the brother Thunk (Clark Duke), and Gran (Cloris Leachman). They stick to being safe and living in a cave, but when Eep leaves the cave and meets Guy (Ryan Reynolds), a wise and stealthy outsider, the Croods find themselves on an adventure for the ages.
The plot of the film is of course not very original and has been done by many films, but its setting, characters, and heart turn it into a very good story. From the first few minutes I found myself loving the characters. Everyone has a family member that they can relate to with this prehistoric family, and that just adds to the fun. Maybe you have an overprotective father, or a curious daughter, or a brainless son, or an annoying mother-in-law, or a loving wife, either way you can find something to love about this family. Kids will find love in the characters, especially a sloth-like character called Belt which is a character that surprised me with it likability. There really is no villain in this film, which may have been weird but in the end it really was just the world who was the enemy. There are many different creatures in the film that will make us laugh or even just remind of "Avatar." We have seen the "get from Point A to Point B" formula many times in many animated films, but it's nice to see that it can still be fresh with the help of smart writers. The humor involves many people getting injured or hurt, and that is obviously going to be included in a film with muscular cavemen. It's fun and good natured violence that I believe the majority of the kiddies and adults will enjoy. Many adults are dragged to stupid and pathetic animated films, but I think most that take their kids will get a pleasant surprise. We get lessons on family, love, hope, and freedom which all mix together very well in a very fun story. I had a lot of fun with this story and am glad to see Dreamworks keep up the good work.
The voice cast add to all the characters enjoyment, and may even be the reason many adults will love the characters. Nicolas Cage gives his best performance in ages, ironically in an animated film. He makes his character a lot of fun and just listening to him gives off that witty and funny voice that Cage pulls of perfectly. Emma Stone gives off that lovable and quirky performance that makes everyone love her, and it only proves my point that she is one of the most likeable actresses in Hollywood. Ryan Reynolds never fails to give us his charm that always makes him fun, and I think he was one of the most dynamic characters in the film. Catherine Keener has a good performance, and Cloris Leachman pulls off the cranky grandmother perfectly. Clark Duke will likely be a favorite with the majority of audience members, his performance as the idiot is exactly the kind of character that everyone loves. I loved the cast and it only adds to the films enjoyment.
The Croods is that kind of film that makes me love reviewing movies, because of its wit and humor it makes me just love to go to the movies. Directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco perfectly capture the magic and beauty of animation by giving me one of the most beautiful animated films I have seen in a long time. The world in this film is beautiful and once again proves how far animation has come over the years, and how computer-animation is just an incredible bit of technology. You can't help but compare this film to "The Flinstones" in many ways, mainly because of its love to spoof the prehistoric age, its jokes on family life, and its lovable characters. This is in no way a put down; any film that can remind me of childhood cartoons deserves to be given credit for its beauty. Adventure is the kind of thing kids love the most, and seeing that this film is aimed for kids and gives us plenty of adventure, I say this was a pretty successful film. DreamWorks Animation always has a knack for giving us good films, and as for as long as I can remember they have never had a bad film. They focus on humor and heart, which in fact what makes them so great at making animated films. The Croods is that kind of film that I will watch again and again, and it will never lose what makes it so fun.
The Croods follows a prehistoric family going on a road trip to an uncharted and fantastical world. In terms of plot and characters there's little to touch upon. That's mostly because these kind of stories has already been told. So expect some familiar elements like the group lack of knowledge in traveling, conventional road trip plot points, and overused jokes. It avoids a mature ending and subject matter that would have helped resonate with the theme of family. The same goes with the staple characters in which you have the idiot, sassy grandma, an animal sidekick, the genius, and a rebellious teen. The difference between this and other similar films is the setting. The setting is very unusual which perhaps is the best aspect of the film. The world is vibrantly colorful and allows the animators to create bizarre creatures and lush landscapes. The logic in this world will get laughs and lead to head scratching; one scene involving a giant corn propelling into the sky, making fireworks, and then raining giant popcorn. The writing is tight enough for the character to be worth invested in, but the familiar plot makes it a routine road trip film that fails to elevate itself from similar movies.
The animation is heavy on the physical jokes. It's hyper-kinetic with over the top movements through it duration. If physical humor is not your thing then you'll be devoid of laughter for a good 2/3 of the film. Do expect references to modern day devices, but thankfully pop-culture references are left out. Nicholas Cage lends his voice among the talented assemble cast and holds his own. It's one of his more intentional enjoyable roles. Cage character movement is energetic, but Cage handles voice acting properly never over doing it or under doing it. Emma Stone doesn't shine in her comedy, but does excel in her dramatic acting. Ryan Reynolds relies heavily on his comedic timing. It works in his favor since he proves in the past he is a funny man. The 3D is the in your face style. It's helps elevate some scenes, but for the most part if in your face 3D is not your thing go with 2D.
The Croods contains a good cast and tight writing for the characters, but the overly familiar plot don't make it as appealing like other animated films. It's aimed toward kids and they'll likely have more fun with it for it contains a colorful world, cartoon like jokes, and is energetic. Adults can have fun with it, but not as much kids will.