The Croods Reviews
It was like Antz, all about the personalities, and not at ALL about the story or the emotions.
I hated Antz for spending most of its time letting big name stars make mild caricatures of themselves.
This film is not that bad, but was just ok to me.
I think my niece and I saw it again on dvd, but I'm pretty sure I spend a good chunk of time getting something to eat in the kitchen or dozing off on the couch.
Great for kids, mildly ok for the 'rents.
2.5 out of 5
That's one of the biggest problems I have with this film: there's such a lack of legitimate conflict here that I got bored and annoyed with watching the family just walking and getting into minor inconveniences most of the time. "Oh no! There's a bunch of pointy shells on the ground! What can they possibly do to survive this harrowing situation? Oh wait, Guy knows how to make shoes - problem easily solved." I know it's a kids movie, but I really feel like it could have thrown in a bit more drama for the adults and would have left the entire audience more satisfied.
It's worth noting that the trailer made it look like it's Eep's (the teenage girl) journey, but this film is really mostly about the conflict between Grug (the dad) and the character named Guy. However, that's generally the bulk of any real story here. The rest of the film is just them running into relatively minor inconveniences.
As for the characters themselves, most of them are pretty good. Ugga (the mom) kinda gets lost in the shuffle and almost looked too much like her daughter, Eep. Eep actually got on my nerves a bit.
The film had a lot of good things going for it, but I feel like it could have been so much better. Kids will probably love it, but I think it's hit & miss for adults.