Thursday, September 4, 2014

Movie review: the Croods: better than you'd think!

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,
Jessica Snell

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Shelli Littleton said...

Jessica, we adored that movie! So funny! Yes, we didn't go see it at the theatre when it came out ... but sure regret that. Would have been great on the big screen. I don't think they advertised it good enough ... make it look "crude," like you said. It was hilarious!

Jessica Snell said...

Shelli - thanks for the comment! so fun to hear I'm not the only one who thought this way about the movie. It *would* have been fun to see it on the big screen! :)