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Universal Pictures offered us an advanced screening link to review The Croods: A New Age. We popped up some corn and settled in for a family movie night from our cave. The Croods have survived their fair share of dangers and disasters, from fanged prehistoric beasts to surviving the end of the world, but now they will face their biggest challenge of all: another family.
The Croods need a new place to live. So, the first prehistoric family sets off into the world in search of a safer place to call home. When they discover an idyllic walled-in paradise that meets all their needs, they think their problems are solved … except for one thing. Another family already lives there: the Bettermans.
The Bettermans (emphasis on the “better”)—with their elaborate tree house, amazing inventions and irrigated acres of fresh produce—are a couple of steps above the Croods on the evolutionary ladder. When they take the Croods in as the world’s first houseguests, it isn’t long before tensions escalate between the cave family and the modern family.
The Croods know every mark is an adventure. As a new threat propels The Croods and Bettermans on an epic adventure outside the safety of the wall, it forces them to embrace their differences, draw strength from each other and forge a future together.
The film is directed by Joel Crawford, who has worked on multiple DreamWorks Animation films, including Trolls and the Kung Fu Panda franchise, and is produced by Mark Swift (Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted).
This movie offers tons of humor, we were all laughing out loud. This family film also offers some insightful commentary on our modern society. On the surface is the question of if we are better (men) for using technology to bend the environment to our will, or by existing as part of the environment. Under the surface, classism, exploitation colonialism, technology and relationships are explored throughout this hilarious adventure. The Croods and Bettermans exemplify how we can overcome our differences and come to appreciate the strengths of others, which is a poignant reminder. We also loved the focus on family because family is after all everything.
Our young girls really loved Eep and Dawn, who are immediate besties. They take Grug’s ride outside the protection of the walls for a joyride. It is a reminder that we all have a cave we want to escape every now and then. That resonates with us all, now more than ever. It is a gentle reminder to let ourselves and our children be wild, take risks and buck responsibilities once in a while.
We love that the two young women are allies. Although Mrs. Betterman employs some mean girl tactics, the younger ladies friendship helps bring the two families together. One of our favorite parts was the introduction of Gran’s warrior tribe of wimmins: the Thunder Sisters. Queen o’ Wimmins, Fire Heart, Sister Sunset, Blood Horn, Seeker, Thunk, and Bog Water are the ultimate girl group and we are here for it. No spoilers here, but let’s just suffice it to say the Thunder Sisters live up to their name.
We are all following the light to tomorrow and just like Guy, we don’t know what our tomorrow looks like. All we know is the pack stays together and that walls don’t protect us.
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