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The Croods tells the story of a pre-historic family who, when their cave is destroyed, set out on a road trip to find a new and safe place to settle.
This film really could have gone either way but I’m pleased to say that The Croods is a pretty decent addition to Dreamworks Animation catalogue.
It doesn’t really have a lot going for it in terms of story and is filled with cliches throughout such as the over protective father and rebellious teenager. There’s even a slipping on banana peel joke at one point.
This isn’t enough to detract from what’s good in the film though.
It’s funny more than anything mainly due to Grug, the head of the Croods, voiced brilliantly by Nicolas Cage. Grug is the Homer Simpson type character here and it’s his stupidity and lack of understanding that provides most of the laughs throughout. There’s a montage at one point where he attempts to come up with new ideas to try and appear smart which is the highlight of the film and had me laughing uncontrollably.
The film gives us a chance to get to know each character which makes it easier to buy into the relationship this family has. Despite the cliches I still found myself invested in the characters and wanting them to succeed which is a credit to the writing of Chris Sanders, one of the writers of How To Train Your Dragon and Kirk de Micco.
Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener. Clark Duke and Cloris Leechman are great in their individual roles but without Nicolas Cage I’d wager that this film wouldn’t be half as good as it is.
After Rise of the Guardians proved to be a disappointment, Dreamworks needed a hit and with The Croods I think they may have just succeeded. It’s colourful, light hearted family entertainment which is consistently funny.