A prehistoric adventure with a cave family and the apparent end of the world! It’s like a more serious version of Ice Age: Continental Drift. But the movie isn’t that serious. It does treat everything smarter and tells a good story with its cast. The movie follows the Crood family, especially the adventureous daughter: Eep, and the overprotective father: Ugg.
Ugg wants to do everything the same as always and hide in the cave. Eep wants to see what else is out there and runs into another cave man, Guy. Guy happens to be slightly more evolved. He brings out ideas while being not as great physically. Oh, and the continents are breaking apart.
Hilarity ensues as Guy trys to escape the coming disaster with the Croods following along. What I really like about the film is the fantasy element of it. I don’t know much about prehistoric animals, but I’m pretty certain there were no land whales or tigers with giant heads. But it adds a fun and wonder-filled element to the movie that doesn’t feel out of place at all. The visuals are great in this.
Ugg is actually the person that changes most while Eep and Guy mostly just matures over the course of their adventure. But Ugg is done really well.
One thing I like about the movie is how there’s no bad guy. Too many disaster movies feel the need to throw in some jerk or other for some reason. Not here. Alright, maybe Ugg, but he’s not that bad at all. You can feel everyone’s point, even though Ugg’s is pretty obviously in the wrong for their situation.
The finale is a pretty great spectacle that brings together a lot over the course of the movie.
If there’s one thing I’ll complain about, it would be Guy’s backstory. Now I did watch the TV version, so it might have been cut out, but the part where Guy explains what happened to his family sort of came out of nowhere. It’s just really lucky Guy and Ugg landed in the exact situation for Guy to explain his tale.
Other than that, the film is great fun all around with a great cast, cool animals, and a fanciful locale.