Review: “Croods” make Aaron smile

March 22nd, 2013 at 6:54 am by under Entertainment

“Croods” not bad.

Make Aaron laugh and have fun time.

Good drawings.

Family will like.

"The Croods" poster courtesy DreamWorks Animation

“The Croods” poster courtesy DreamWorks Animation

(My spoiler-free review)

With a fun adventure story, memorable characters (especially “Belt” the sloth), good animation, and solid acting, “The Croods” is a movie the whole family can enjoy.  From five to 75… its a movie that will keep you entertained.

Sure its not going to be nominated for Best Picture and it may be a little corny and cliche, but remember that the target audience is like 5-14… so it works for kids and the adults that go/watch with them.

There are plenty of gags for the kids and jokes that the adults will get (and its all clean humor as far as I can remember).  But the strength of the movie is the characters and the fun storyline of a rebellious teen and her family of cavemen that are forced out of their cave and on a historic, I mean prehistoric, adventure.

That teen – “Eep” – is voiced by Emma Stone, and her overprotective father, “Grug” is played by Nicholas Cage.  The rebellious teen is a typical storyline of movies  we’ve seen before, but kids growing up with this movie may find it refreshing to know they are not alone.  Its a story that’s basic enough for kids to follow and although predictable for adults, its enough to keep us interested.

Its looks good too.  The animation is crisp and the colors are vibrant.

I don’t think the 3D is necessary for your viewing experience, so if you want to save a few bucks while taking the whole family… just see the 2D.

THE BOTTOM LINE:

Good story, good characters, good animation, good voice acting, and clean humor all add up to a recommendation from me… I give it 7.5 out of 10 … while it may not win any awards, it will certainly win over some young hearts.

MORE INFO (possible spoilers):

"The Croods" photo courtesy DreamWorks Animation
“The Croods” photo courtesy DreamWorks Animation

“The Croods”

(2012) (rated: PG for some scary action)
(1 hr, 38 min)

Starring the voices of: Nicolas Cage (Grug), Emma Stone (Eep), Ryan Reynolds (Guy), Catherine Keener (Ugga), Cloris Leachman (Gran), Clark Duke (Thunk)

Directors: Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders

Writers:

Genre: Animation / Adventure / Comedy / Family

The Plot: 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.

So what did you think?  Please post a comment!

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“The Croods” poster and photo courtesy DreamWorks Animation

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