Published on July 23rd, 2013 | by Alex Douglas2
The Croods Review
Guest Reviewer: Alex Douglas
Movie Review: The Croods 3D (2013)
Directors: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener
Plot: A prehistoric family who’s cave has been destroyed must now travel through an unfamiliar landscape in search of a new home.
Okay, I consider myself something of an animation movie connoisseur. Having a seven year old daughter will do that to a man. ” Hey dad, let’s watch Predator” isn’t a phrase you’re likely to hear in this house. To her eternal credit she has great taste in movies and we have ventured to the local Cineworld, Unlimited cards in hand to catch The Hobbit, Avengers Assemble and the like with no moans but rather excited “squeeze” & “whooping”.
So when the latest animation hits, the “dad, we HAVE to see that” look gets thrown my way. So off we went to see the latest Dreamworks effort, The Croods. A prehistoric family adventure with the titular Croods family never venturing from their cave while fearing everything. The voice cast is pretty decent, with Nic Cage, Emma Stone & Ryan Reynolds all being, well, themselves.
Let’s get to the good parts, this movie looks AMAZING. Visually stunning. That’s it I’m afraid. The rest is a boring 90 minute plod through nothingness. A boring adventure where nothing much happens apart from the odd giggle as the character of Belt doing his “Duhn Duhn Daaaah” schtick that you’ve all seen in the trailer.
It is so predictable I could have told you the ending about halfway through but the worst crime it commits is it’s just NOT FUNNY. The script is clunky and the jokes never hit the mark. At least try and make an audience member over 8 years old laugh once? No?
Summary: Young kids will enjoy it, parents will be bored and it comes nowhere near the high water mark of Pixar or even Dreamworks earlier efforts.