I have to admit, I avoided "The Croods" when it first came out because it looked, well, crude.
But, I repent me.
We gave it a try once it showed up on one of our streaming services (Netflix? probably), and it wasn't half bad.
In fact, I enjoyed it.
Though, I give you this: it's a modern kids' movie. It's a bit frenetic, there are bits I don't care for, etc.
But I was impressed by how much of it I liked.
I especially liked how creative the world-building was. This is not your academic caveman. This is not a caveman who exists in any possible world. This is as fantastical as all get-out. The movie-makers took their liberty and ran with it, inventing the most far-fetched, funny, beautiful fauna and flora I've ever seen. I loved the creativity of all the plants and animals they imagine might have existed in the early days of the Earth.
I think the land-whales were my favorite.
And even though there's a typical young-girl-becoming-a-woman-knows-best sort of plot, the linchpin of the whole story is the self-sacrificial love of the main character's father. I loved that.
So, in conclusion, if you're looking for something fun for a family movie night, I think this one's a pretty decent choice.
And these days, that's saying something.
Peace of Christ to you,
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