Review: The Croods: A New Age
Fun, family movie with some serious messages.
Synopsis:When the Croods’ cave is destroyed, they set out to explore a spectacular landscape filled with fantastic creatures, strange surprises and a new world of adventure.
I must admit, I was so excited to be able to see another film in a movie theatre.
As this is an animated, family movie, I took along some tough critics – a four-year-old, six-year-old and a 12-year-old to ensure I got some honest and well-rounded feedback.
The Croods: A New Age, is a sequel to The Croods (2013) with the Stone Age family finding “Tomorrow” – a utopia with food and fresh water aplenty, along with no savage pre-historic beast trying to consume you.
Here, Guy the most evolved a progressive member of the family, is reunited with childhood family friends, the Bettermans.
The Croods are introduced to separate rooms, bathroom facilities and basically everything you don’t find in a cave.
There is only one rule in the Bettermans’ haven – don’t eat the bananas.
Of course, Grug (the father and leader of the pack) decides to eat all of the bananas.
However this moment of weakness proves catastrophic for the two families as the bananas are used as an offering to an unknown beast living on the outside.
There is some great music in this film and a nod to “girl power”. There is also a gesture that humans are not the only species inhabiting this planet and we all need to share the Earth’s natural resources.
But what did the kids think?
They enjoyed it, much like the first film.
It was a little long for the younger two, as they got quite restless towards the end, but overall the movie is entertaining for all ages.
The Croods: A New Age opens in cinemas on 26 December.
Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, Clark Duke, Leslie Mann, Peter Dinklage, Kelly Marie Tran.
REVIEW BY KARA KEFU (with help from Camilla, Jacob and Laila)