Written September 17, 2014
True to form, Dreamworks always does a tremendous job with the stunning visual effects of these movies. As well, the characters and voicings (i.e., actors behind the characters) were enjoyable. But to me what truly makes a tremendous movie - one that I both I and my 4 children, ages 3-7 , can enjoy - is a strong story, and that to me fell short. The story seemed to be an attempt at focusing on a coming of age tale between a young teen girl and an overprotective father, but was hard to tell where the story was going at times. And planet earth exploding and collapsing on itself all over the place seemed to be the 'compelling event' to drive father and daughter to better understanding each other, but it in of itself was often its own distracting spectacle, that didn't make sense why it was happening, and it wound up scaring the kids at times. Some of the characters were indeed endearing, but both myself and the kids wound up collectively losing interest halfway through the film.
Written December 29, 2014
Took my grandson to see this in 3D and it was a great way to bond with this 6 year old. We both loved it and not just because I'm a 6 year old at heart. It was funny. And of course it had an underlying message so it is good teaching tool for someone with young children. And again, it was real funny!
Written December 20, 2014
My daughter really wanted to see this movie, so we went for our father daughter date. We both really enjoyed this movie, and the 3D was the best I have seen. We sat in the middle of row 2, and it was great fun. I would recommend it for any age group.
Written January 25, 2015
'The Croods' suffers the same problems as another recent release, the revived 3D version of 'Jurassic Park'. Although a new film, it seems to rely on animation technology from about fifteen years ago. That would make it astounding... in 1998. Now it just looks as crude as the characters in the film. Trying to milk (roughly) the same territory as the endless 'Ice Age' flicks, it desperately needs its own Scrat to make it all semi-enjoyable. And Nicholas Cage's voice just does not fit in with the hulking physicality of Grug, the paranoid Neanderthal father.
It does have some positives, including the various animals that spend their time trying to kill Mr. Crood and his clan. Some of the creatures could have only been dreamt up by dropping acid and then reading 'On the Origin of Species'. But mostly it is a standard teen-girl meets teen-boy who makes daddy look, well, like a cave-man kind of story. Which makes the plot the crudest part of this *** film.
Written March 05, 2015
You pays your money and you gets what you expects.
This is basically "Ice Age" for the humans (even with a sloth Skrat surrogate). It's extremely well animated, with vivid visuals and great craftsmanship. But the story needs polish -- three characters (Grug, Eep and Guy) have engaging stories going for them, but the rest of the clan is completely neglected in this regard (the son and grandmother are just one joke characters and the mother is so vanilla she might as well have no speaking lines at all). There is, however, a surprising and subtle underlying message about tradition and security not making for a particularly worthwhile life -- more insight than I'd expect for a movie like this.
It's a good family movie and an entertaining diversion -- certainly worth a look, but they could have done much more with it.