Review from Jamie Eichenberg
DreamWorks Animation, who has brought us films such as Shrek, Megamind, and How to Train your Dragon, has created a new 3D adventure that makes the price of a movie ticket worth every dime. The Croods will take you on a prehistoric journey that has you laughing one minute and on the edge of your seat the next.
When the cave that they have always called home is destroyed, The Croods must venture out into an unknown world. They have been raised to fear the unknown and reject curiosity. The head of the family is a strong cave man named Grug, voiced by Nicholas Cage. He knows how to protect his family and keep them safe, in fact, keeping them safe to live another day, is pretty much all he knows. He is a character that we can all relate to, and his humorous banter with his mother-in-law keeps the adults in the audience highly amused.
The oldest daughter of the Crood family, Eep (voiced by Emma Stone), is the opposite of her father. She wants to know what is beyond their cave; she thinks there is more to life, if only her father would let her find out. Eep introduces her family to Guy (Ryan Reynolds) who has ideas and something that he calls a brain. The addition of Guy to the group shows the Croods that thinking isn’t bad, that ideas are helpful, and that life in a cave wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.
The Croods is a must see movie that the entire family can enjoy. My six year old daughter was thoroughly entertained through the entire film. There is enough action and humor without losing the real meaning of the story. It is a story of a family’s journey, how they handle a new world, drastic changes and still find a way to remember the love that draws them together. The cast of characters creates someone for everyone to love. The animation was stunning and colorful. The story was beautiful.
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