Film review – The Croods

The Croods
The Croods

Assisted by his caveman family and a boy called Guy, Grug (Nicolas Cage) has cemented The Croods at the top of the UK box office charts for three consecutive weeks.

They’ve added £2.3m over the weekend, to increase their hoard to a cool £17.7m, and rightly so.

This absolute gem tells the tale of a family of cavemen who, after their cave is destroyed, find themselves in a now unfamiliar world.

Facing amazing creatures both beautiful and dangerous the Croods, reluctantly led by father Grug, they begin their journey to find safe haven.

Wishing to break free of her father’s constant blanket of over-the-top security, daughter Eep (excellently played by Emma Stone) sneaks out at night and comes across a boy called Guy (Ryan Reynolds).

Ever cautious, overly protective of his family and always fearful of all things “new” Grug is wary of Guy’s survival techniques but slowly succumbs to his suggestions; eventually realising he must embrace some of them to ensure his family’s wellbeing in this new wild world.

Making up the rest of the family are son Thunk (Clark Duke), mum Ugga (Catherine Keener), the animal-like baby Sandy (Randy Thom), and probably the best character, Gran (brilliantly voiced by Cloris Leachman).

The addition of Gran to the family dynamic was a great decision; as Grug’s mother-in-law she provides plenty of laughs.

Written and directed by Chris Sanders and Kirk De Micco, the animation by Dreamworks is superb.

My family and I watched the 2D version and I was blown away by the quality of it.

It appeared flawless and I was amazed by some of the creatures the team developed.

Yes, animated movies have come a long way from the likes of Disney’s early films, but this is among the best that I have seen.

The movements of the cavemen are wonderful and together with the excellent decisions made by casting associates Brittany Cope and Mollie Gamo, the studio must be over the moon with what they have produced.

We’re only a quarter of the way into the year but I’ll be surprised if another animated feature betters it over the period.