The Croods Review

Surviving in a volcanic world is tough enough, but caveman Grug (Nicolas Cage) gets a rude awakening when an earthquake forces him to leave behind the only world he knows. With his family in tow, he ventures out into the volatile world in search of a new home. The situation becomes even more complicated when Grug's family - in particular his eldest daughter - falls for a nomad (Ryan Reynolds) they encounter on their dangerous journey. This quirky, imaginative stranger's search for 'tomorrow' is at odds with Grug's reliance on the traditions of yesterday.


  This is by far the most adorable movie I have seen this year.  Little Miss B and I watched it a couple times back to back, so I'm guessing she agrees. There have been many wonderful movies this year but this one is fantastic.  Nicolas Cage does the voice of Grug, he's the daddy Caveman, overly cautious about everything and has one motto “New is always bad.  Never not be afraid.” He is very set in his ways instilling fear about everything into his family members.  They live in their cave and only emerge during the sunlight time of the day.  They are fearful of everything, the dark, the animals, looking over the edge of the mountains, yes, everything is bad.  If you do not live in fear you may not live to be see the sun the next day!  Nothing in their lives comes easily but they are neanderthals, after all.  I would have thought they would have been better hunters but who knows, apparently they aren't very smart.
  Grug's life would be perfect if it wasn't for his belittling mother-in-law who lives in the cave with him, his wife and three children. His rebellious daughter is the oldest, she wants to explore and break out on her own but that's not allowed, she needs to be afraid.  She's a teenager... UGH, even in the cave days they were a pain.  She's a dreamer, she will be the one to lead them out of the "dark" so they can see the "light" and realize that not all change is bad.  Not all things that you're afraid of are actually scary.  He has a son who is a little bit of a...well, he didn't get the brains of the family.  Grug's youngest child is just a baby and man is that one crazy baby.  This family is far from civilized by any stretch of the imagination, but I think that's what makes them so cute.  Reminds me of the little crazy brother on the Wild Thornbury's, that's who this baby girl reminds me of.
  But Grug's major problem started the day he bumped into Guy (Ryan Reynolds, even his voice is dreamy).  Guy is a teenage boy who has run into Grug's daughter in the night, this is where she learned some other things like "fire", what a funny thing to watch, people who've never seen fire playing with it and inevitably getting burnt.  Well, Guy has been on his own for awhile and he's developed, evolved if you will, but I'm not sure how, where did he get his brains from?  No one was there to teach him, did he just one day wake up and decide that he was going to use a "plate" or a leaf as a napkin?? hmmm.  Grug's daughter is falling for this boy, although the movie isn't about that at all, it's about the change of the world and how we must adapt and overcome or we will find ourselves "extinct".  This movie was very creatively done, I really love the colors and the story behind it.  The elephant mice, the piranha parakeets who are afraid of the light and fire, very interesting creatures.  I love them.

I give this movie 4 out of 4 thumbs up!

~~I received the movie mentioned above for free in exchange for my written review of my honest opinion. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers~~


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