RELEASE DATE: 28/03/2013
RUN TIME: 1HR 38MIN
|CAST:||NICHOLAS CAGE - GRUG|
|RYAN REYNOLDS - GUY|
|EMMA STONE - EEP|
It’s a nice twist on the fish out of water tale, only this time it’s fish - plural, and the bowl only has seven people in it total. The Croods are the Griswolds, if the Griswolds lived a couple millennia earlier and were actually likable people who picked up a knowledgeable hitchhiker along the way... but you get the idea.
Sure, the themes are a little superficial, but the family dynamic is strong and it works. The vocal talent is fantastic and the visual artistry in many of the vast scenes of the film are pretty spectacular - a treetop view of the night sky comes to mind. Co-writer and co-director Chris Sanders is one of the men behind the brilliant ‘How To Train Your Dragon’. While Sanders has transferred over some of that charm, heart and comedy, he and Kirk De Micco aren’t quite the same winning combination that delivered ‘Dragon’ so beautifully.
'The Croods' is filled with a lovely sense of wonder while also displaying teenage independence, empty nest syndrome and the significance of family. It’s a film that falls just above the type of movies that litter our cinemas every school holiday period. The slapstick and whacky creatures will keeps the kids entertained, while the family and romantic elements will keep the parents wistful.