THE CROODS 3D: A Review

THE CROODS 3D: A Review by Salty

The Croods tells the story of the world’s first family road trip. When their cave is destroyed, the Crood family must embark on a comedy adventure into strange and spectacular territory in search of a new home. As if patriarch Grug (Cage) didn’t already have enough to handle, it goes from bad to worse when they encounter an imaginative nomad named Guy (Reynolds.) With Guy’s help the Croods conquer their fear of the outside world and discover that they have exactly what it takes to survive – each other.


The Croods
The Croods

 

 

OK – my head exploded – this is one of the best Dreamworks animations I have seen. It is up there with Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and my latest favourite, Rise of the Guardians – I am slowly looking older on the outside while getting younger on the inside and for me this was a perfect film and one that deserves best animation of the year, yep, decision made in March already :). It has everything, a good message, family values, great characters, abundant action, mind blowing effects and cutesy side characters with funny one liners :).  What is not to love!

 

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Firstly the opening sequence and titles will have your jaw on the ground and set the pace for an edge of your seat ride of wondrous joy. It is like an animated comedy trip to Pandora in Avatar. And this film MUST be seen in 3D – it is some of the most effective 3D since Avatar and I think the Academy should add a new award, best 3D, because this one may score it. Even things like single dust fragments falling in the air are handled sensationally and they are literally falling in front of you.

 

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The voice actors are all well played, Emma Stone as Eep is just cool – Emma Stone is awesome at anything. Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Guy – I have to admit I got a crush on Guy – he is one hot animated prehistoric dude  Catherine Keener is a lady I want to turn for and is one of the coolest females on film and as for Nicholas Cage, he needs to do more voicing – I think this is his best performance since Bringing Out the Dead – he has such a distinctive voice and it totally suited Grug. It was good to see him in a film I liked in the last five or more years.

 

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The film has some good family values and a vital message for all. Believe in your family but do not be so overprotective. Life is about balance. Guy and Grug are total opposites. Guy was told to always move forward and to adventure and Grug only believes in safety, stay in the cave, do nothing new and all will be well (kind of a bit of a metaphor for the people of planet Earth at the moment)  But together Grug and Guy are a perfect team, there is balance of caution and discovery, small steps always moving forward. The family is basically in a rut, Eep is becoming a teenager and wants more from a world if sitting inside a cave all the time. Try stopping a teenager in a five bedroom house let alone a cave sleeping six. Teenagers always cause trouble hahaha

 

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But what a family, they will do anything for each other and while totally insane, as are all families when looking in on them, function as a perfect unit in their own way. The laughs you get from the mother in law and Grug’s relationship are worth the ticket price alone. And even Guy and his relationship fitting into the family is perfectly real. And I have to mention it – Guy’s pet called Belt – I love him and want a sloth – he made the film for me – Dun dun darrrnn – you will understand.

 

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Now the film is an odd one – it is so perfectly made it will scare the shit out of a lot of little kids – they will love the colour and visuals will burn into their retinas for future screaming “buy for me on dvd” so you can watch it 378999 times more at home but there are some incredibly emotional scenes (I cried) as well as some hugely touching scenes and some large scenes of devastation and scary beasties. Up to you really, but I think they will survive 

 

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If you loved The Flinstones as a kid then think of this as the modern version of the prehistoric family. It is bright and stunning to watch with a lot of visual “wow” moments – the star scene made me gasp. It is the ideal film the whole family will love and I cannot recommend it enough – I award this film 10 out of 10 cute fluffy Belts. The Croods released today.