Duration: 98 Mins
Age Appropriate: 10-16
A loving father a super strong family, coordinated in what seems to look like football plays from the NFL. If your still wondering what movie this is, well it’s The Croods!
The Croods is funny, witty and hits straight to the heart as you experience the undying love of a father for his family and his unending motivation to protect them. As they partake in an adventure beyond the comfort of their cave (in which they have been living in for their whole lives). The family follows the Grug’s (Nicolas Cage/the father) rules straight to the T. Everything he says is the truth and nothing but the truth, what Grug says goes.
Their whole life is flipped upside down when Eep (Emma Stone) finally follows her gut and leaves the home as she follows a strange light through the darkness of the night. It is here where she meets a guy named Guy (Ryan Reynolds) and their journey (and romance) begins.
The movie is also filled with cute, interesting and totally mish mashed creatures and animals (piranha and turtle birds, land whales, elephant mice, and alligator dogs to name a few). The Croods has an awesome old school flavor akin to the Looney Tunes, think Road Runner and Wile E Coyote. This is refreshing for any parents but maybe a bit too violent for the kids.
Oh my, I can’t believe I didn’t mention this earlier! The effects are unreal (in a good way) the explosions (yes, explosions) are pretty awesome even when compared to a huge summer blockbuster. The film strikes a nice balance of photorealism and cartoony, creating a unique visual for audiences. Now keeping in mind that this is a children’s movie, I would recommend The Croods for children at the school age level between the ages of 10 – 16. The reason for this is because some of the humour may go over the heads of younger children and there are scenes that are quite violent (once again think Road Runner and Wile E Coyote).
To finish this off, I will leave you with one of my favourite quotes from the movie courtesy of our furry friend Belt (Chris Sanders);
“Dan dan daaaan”