By Kyra Smith-Cullen
April 11, 2013
‘The Croods’, Dreamwork’s latest animated venture, promises to make audiences of all ages laugh with its family humor and hidden jokes. By the end of the film, it delivers on every one of them.
In it’s third weekend, ‘The Croods’ managed to beat out ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ to be third in the box office.
‘The Croods’ is centered on a caveman family before the separation of Pangea into the seven continents there are today. While others have died, they’ve survived because of the overprotective nature of their father Grug. Everything changes when the daughter Eep finds a homo sapian named Guy and his precious pet Belt and Grug is forced to realize that some things have to change if the family is going to live.
When I went to see the movie, I was fully prepared to watch a simple plot that was predictable, but this went beyond my expectations. There were twists that unleashed a torrent of emotions. Whether it was laughter or crying, I was constantly reacting to ‘The Croods’ in a positive way.
If I had to choose the best voice actress out of the cast, I would have to say that Emma Stone performs her role as rebellious daughter Eep to perfection. With every word she spoke, she enabled the audience to feel a little bit of her emotion. The pain, exasperation and adoration is evident in every line. Similar things could be said of all the character portrayed by Nicholas Cage, who played the father Grug. Cage does a decent job, but occasionally was monotone and boring.
One of the terrific things about the film is how the humor relates to audiences of all ages. One running gag through the entire film is Grug’s eagerness to get rid of his ancient mother-in-law and it’s done just enough that you expect it but never grow tired of it. But for college students, humor is used to illustrate the funny things people do to try and impress the people they’re interested in.
But the best thing out of the entire film was the landscape and the attention to detail the artists incorporated. There were breathtaking views of lush jungle foliage and eye catching exotic wildlife. However, ‘The Croods’ does involve a lot of supposition and imagination and if you are a purist about what could have lived in the caveman era, this might not be the movie for you (Piranha birds, that’s all I’m saying). On the flipside, they do include creatures that evolution supports, like the land roaming whales.
So if you’re looking for a movie that will make you laugh with your sibling, parent or significant other, ‘The Croods’ is a movie I recommend you see.