The Croods $$$ 1/2
Starring: Nicolas Cage. Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, and Cloris Leachman.
Director: Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders.
Dreamworks takes us back to the Stone Age with their latest movie and really rocks it.
The Croods are the last of their kind. All of the other cavemen have been stomped by mammoths, eaten by sabertooths, and done in by the common cold. In other words, the rest of the families on the block have met with unfortunate ends.
This has led to Grug (Nicolas Cage) being just a tad over-protective. If tad meant totally paranoid that is. He has kept his family safe by teaching them to fear anything new and to spend as much time as possible hiding.
Most of the family is good with this game plan, except for Eep (Emma Stone). She has this crazy notion that there are exciting things to see out beyond the cave. Like – sunlight. As you can guess, this leads to a disagreement of views between her and her father.
Then everything changes when she meets Guy (Ryan Reynolds) who predicts The End only to be followed by the destruction of their home. With no choice except to follow Guy, the family embarks on a terrifying journey to find a new home.
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. There are some wonderful moments between father and daughter and a great dynamic between the role of a father protecting his family and the inventive young generation that moves the race further along the road of evolution. The film has plenty of funny parts and is fast paced enough to have kept my interest the entire time.
I give it three-and-a-half movie bucks and recommend a matinee showing, but I don’t think you will be disappointed if you saw it at regular price. While it falls a little bit short of being that movie I rave about all year long, I do plan to pick it up on
DVD when it comes out.
Randy’s Rating System
$$$$ = Full Price See this movie right away and pay full price, it’s worth it.
$$$ = Matinee Catch this as a matinee or other discounted showing.
$$ = Discount Wait until this movie reaches a discount theater near you.
$ = Rental Wait until this movie reaches your local video rental outlet.
0 = No Sale Don’t see this movie at any price.