The end of the year is approaching and in order to provide some laughter and joy The Croods: A New Age has hit the theatres. The much-loved Croods series brings back the hilarity of the previous film and fosters jokes in numbers. It is a hilarious take on a stone-age family and looks like a culmination of Flintstones and Ice Age.
The Croods: A New Age is directed by Joel Crawford as he tries to do justice to the muse created by Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders in the previous iteration and he does an okay job by uplifting the humour by adding certain sequences of humour which also caters to viewers of all age groups but doesn’t provide anything new in sense of content. Crawford’s DreamWorks legacy can be seen throughout the film’s animation of the neanderthal’s contours.
The voice acting is as brilliant as the cast of Croods, with Nicholas Cage (Grug), Emma Stone (Eep), Ryan Reynolds (Guy) returning as their adored characters and the new cast includes Leslie Mann and Peter Dinklage as Hope and Phil Betterman. The problem is that the story lacks depth and even though it’s a kid’s film it doesn’t mean it cannot be loved by grown-ups and several other animation projects have proven that.
The New Age of Croods unravels the romantic relationship between Eep and Guy which makes Grug worry about losing her and the Betterman’s arrival undermines the way of life they had as the new rivals are literally trying to one-up them in almost every scenario possible. The clan faces several problems which were faced by our ancestors and takes a very slapstick approach to the daily perils of being a cave dweller, gathering food, and trying to survive looks beautiful from an animated perspective. Grug’s overprotective nature makes him worry about Eep’s coming of age and her love for Guy. This is where my problems kick in as the whole thing is not relatable to the target audience.
The Betterman adds a new angle to the Croods but this is only new to Croods and in practice is a beaten to death setting up of a feud between two groups of different lifestyles. This sets up a precedent that is based on fragmentation and not ethically correct to be presented to an impressionable audience. The various frames scream for more depth in storytelling and it takes a very safe and protective approach by making sure that you always see something that you have seen already in some film or another. The whole thing sometimes becomes too noisy even for a kid’s film and the 6 credited writers didn’t create anything new which might entice a moviegoer. The film tries but fails miserably in telling anything compelling but can be a good way to spend some time with your kids and family as it has good jokes and the voice acting really is the best part of The Croods: A New Age.
The Croods: A New Age is available for Video on Demand.
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