Video Film The Croods, watch here Now The Croods, about a cavemen family who rarely venture out of their dark cave for fear of dying horrible, prehistoric deaths, has a tight script, inspired voice performances and some unexpectedly tender moments. And, like some of DreamWorks' better animated projects, it remains blissfully free of pop culture references. The Croods (2013) Animation | Adventure | Comedy - 22 March 2013 (USA) The world's very first prehistoric family goes on a road trip to an uncharted and fantastical world.Directors: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders Writers: Chris Sanders, Kirk De Micco Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone
Parents need to know that The Croods, while quite funny and gorgeously animated, deals with some pretty heavy themes: the constant risk of death and worries about the end of the world. Prehistoric times are convincingly wild, dangerous, and unstable: Rocks fall, mountains tumble, and the Earth opens up and swallows the ground whole (all made even more immediate when seen in 3-D). The frequent peril and talk of the end of the world are likely to make younger kids nervous. And then there are the conversations about parents dying and kids themselves being in danger; at one point, viewers may even think a central character has perished. Other scenes show characters battling other creatures for supremacy and food, so there's plenty of slapsticky whacking and hitting, too. Femalecharacters do end up getting saved by males, and you may find yourself heading to the Internet to research the accuracy of the movie's creatures and events. All of that said, The Croods has a wonderful message of courage and celebration of adventure at its core, and there are strong, loving family relationships.
If you're a parent then you know all too well that when it comes to kids' movies, some are an absolute chore and some are enjoyable. A few weeks back I got dragged to see a pretty awful one (which shall remain nameless, yet the release date will clue you in) and since then I've been wondering at what age you have to be to be able to discern the difference. The Croods isn't a chore.
Emma Stone plays Eep, the teenage daughter of Nicolas Cage's Grug, her paternal warden who lives his life in constant fear of the unknown and has taught the rest of his family to live a routine, reclusive life that only involves emerging from the darkness every few days to hunt down a giant egg to eat. Stone is great at portraying the rebellious daughter who longs for freedom but the real treat is listening to Cage, in definitely his best movie in years, portraying a de-evolved human simpleton - but still with the textbook Cage voice and cadences.