11:15 a.m., April 5, 2013


Not much of a story, pretty to gaze at

I don’t know how I would’ve fared as a caveman. I’m not terribly strong; bugs of any size frighten me, and I respect women too much to be into the whole drag by the hair business.

But seeing the world that the Crood family lives in would make me sell all my belongings and invest in assorted loincloths.

“The Croods” is about, well, the Croods. A family of Neanderthals led by the father, Grug (Nicolas Cage), they just tried to stay alive by hiding in their cave only to emerge to epically engage against other animals just to get an egg for breakfast. It was all very fast-paced.

Then the adventurous Eep (Emma Stone) met an inventive loner named Guy (Ryan Reynolds), who taught her about fire, normal behavior and the end of the world. This proved to be true as Eep’s home was destroyed by an earthquake, sending the family on a trip, with Guy, to find a new home amid a new world. It was a very primitive story (wordplay!) and could soon be forgotten within all the scenery.

But that was the furthest thing from bad in this case as the movie, along with being equal parts funny and exciting, was so gosh-darn gorgeous to look at. Much like an “Avatar” for children it wasn’t just the detail of the prehistoric world that was amazing, but how everything from trees to the family themselves operated with such stunning precision. Even if the movie were voiced by a band of Wookies, it would still earn points for being a joy to gaze upon.

The Croods themselves were the most marvelous. Instead of the caveman setting acting as a gimmick, every member of the family moved, talked and acted as any caveman rightfully would. It motivated their thinking, humor, emotions and was enhanced by the stunning lifelike animation. The Croods were the heart of the story, and the makers of the film committed 100 percent to making that prosperous.

Though the movie didn’t have the deep story-telling of the great animated movies, or even much of their heart (It was all in the last 10 minutes or so, which made up for a lot of the flak.), but it had some of the best animation in recent years, plenty of humor and action for all ages throughout, and an appropriate focus on the characters who could’ve easily been bogged down in the impressive atmosphere. Plus, something about seeing this movie made me wanna eat a giant raw egg. I guess that also counts for something.

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