Monday, November 23, 2020

The Croods: A New Age Review: Some Great New Characters, Same Beautiful Animation, and Lots of Silliness

Nicolas Cage	Nicolas Cage	...	Grug (voice) Emma Stone	Emma Stone	...	Eep (voice) Ryan Reynolds	Ryan Reynolds	...	Guy (voice) Catherine Keener	Catherine Keener	...	Ugga (voice) Cloris Leachman	Cloris Leachman	...	Gran (voice) Clark Duke	Clark Duke	...	Thunk (voice) Leslie Mann	Leslie Mann	...	Hope Betterman (voice) Peter Dinklage	Peter Dinklage	...	Phil Betterman (voice) Kelly Marie Tran	Kelly Marie Tran	...	Dawn Betterman (voice) Kailey Crawford	Kailey Crawford	...	Sandy (voice) Chris Sanders	Chris Sanders	...	Belt (voice) (as Christopher Sanders) James Ryan	James Ryan	...	Sash (voice) Gabriel Jack	Gabriel Jack	...	Young Guy (voice) Melissa Disney	Melissa Disney	...	Guy's Mother (voice) Joel Crawford	Joel Crawford	...	Guy's Father (voice)

Release date: November 25, 2020
Running time: 95 minutes
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, 
Catherine Keener, Cloris LeachmanClark DukeLeslie MannPeter DinklageKelly Marie Tran
Directed By: 
Joel Crawford

The prehistoric family the Croods are challenged by a rival family the Bettermans, who claim to be better and more evolved.  In this follow up to the prehistoric family hit, the Croods discover a new member of the pack and try to find a new home.  However, when they find some place that seems like paradise, they learn that maybe this might not be all that it is cracked up to be.

The Croods: A New Age continues the same trend of the first movie with some amazingly beautiful animation.  The film, like the previous one, starts in a desert but eventually moves into a more lush environment that really showcases what this film has to offer.  The New Age also adds some new characters, and they are all good additions.  The original Croods voice cast was surprisingly good with Nic Cage and Emma Stone being the standouts.  This movie adds characters voiced by Ryan Reynolds, Peter Dinklage, Leslie Mann, and Kelly Marie Tran.  I really liked Ryan Reynolds's character, and the other new characters are well voiced, despite me not loving their overall demeaner.  But overall, the voice acting is convincing and entertaining.

Directed by  Joel Crawford	...	(directed by)Writing Credits   Kevin Hageman	...	(screenplay by) & Dan Hageman	...	(screenplay by) and Paul Fisher	...	(screenplay by) & Bob Logan	...	(screenplay by)   Kirk DeMicco	...	(story by) & Chris Sanders	...	(story by)     Produced by  Mark Swift	...	producer (produced by) (p.g.a.)
And the story of the Croods: A New Age has an interesting dynamic between prehistoric times and more modern times.  It is fun to see the Croods contend with modern technology and interact with it.  Some of the changes are funny to see, like how one of the children becomes obsessed with screens.  But what characterizes this story the most is the utter silliness of it all.  The movie has some very random aspects, such as animals that communicate only in punches, strange mash up creatures, and some odd fruits and vegetables. They are all very colorful and should be very entertaining for kids and adults.  

The story of the film has a modern technology versus old ways push and pull, and a lot more family drama than I thought it would have. But don't worry about these somewhat heavy story points, the movie itself is very silly.  There is a really funny 80s / KISS type call out towards the end that is really entertaining.  And the whole film seems to be characterized by a lot of random and ridiculous scenes.  And this silliness is something that made my kids laugh out loud.  Your kids will love it and there is enough in here for adults to enjoy as well.

The Croods: A New Age adds some great new characters and plenty of silliness in this prehistoric family animated adventure.

Rent it.

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