The Croods– Movie Review
Modern family dynamics are highlighted by dropping them at the end of the Stone Age in The Croods- another entertaining, if not particularly noteworthy, animated family film.
The Croods are a family of cavemen who have survived longer than their contemporaries thanks to father Grug’s (Nicholas Cage) unyielding discipline and fear of anything new. The family motto is, “Never Not Be Afraid.” But daughter Eep (Emma Stone) is tired of spending weeks on end in the cave. She ventures out one night and meets Guy (Ryan Reynolds), a strange non-caveman person who has something called “fire” and warns that the world is ending. When massive seismic shifts do in fact destroy the Crood’s cave, they must follow Guy and try to survive in a world where the old rules no longer make sense.
The real attraction here that keeps the attentions of adults and kids alike is the amazing animation. Aside from incredibly colorful and imaginative landscapes and lifeforms (which are almost to-be-expected from animated films these days), The Croods has fantastic- for lack of a better word- cinematography. Certain scenes struck me as looking remarkably like nature documentaries- if such documentaries featured neanderthal families racing along on top of a mammoth. It was something about the way the action took place far in the distance, with muted sound, maybe with heat lines distorting the view.
It’s almost too bad that the film is more suited for the five-and-under set, because it is a clever coming-of-age story for both the teenage protagonist and her father. Growing up feels like the end of the world, and in this case, it literally is.
Reynolds is quite funny as the voice of Guy, the flustered Homo Sapien trying to help the Crood family. Animated movies often allow actors to play against type to great effect; maybe Reynolds is really a neurotic sidekick being held back by his leading man good looks?
Did you see The Croods? What did you think?