We always watch more family movies in the winter months so we were delighted to be selected by Mumsnet to receive an early copy of The Croods on DVD to review. I remember seeing the trailers when it was in the cinema but we never ended up going to see it, so we weren't sure what to expect. It turned out to be a fun film that the whole family, not just the kids, loved.
The film tells the tale of The Croods, who are the last surviving prehistoric family. The over-protective dad Grug (with the voice of Nicolas Cage) thinks that the best way to keep his family safe is to err on the side of caution and for them all to keep out of harm's way in their dark cave. Unsurprisingly, his rebellious teenage daughter Eep (Emma Stone) has other ideas and wants to get out there and concentrate on actually living, rather than just not dying (my favourite line from the whole movie and a great life motto for all of us). One night, the wayward teen sneaks out of the cave and crosses the path of a boy named Guy who will ultimately show the family that there is a whole lot more out there for them to discover, from weird and wacky creatures and inimaginable new creations to self-discovery and a whole lot of fun and adventures.
It's a lovely movie, full of laugh-out-loud moments, action and even a few scenes that will make you go aww. We loved the fact that, despite the prehistoric setting, the rapport between the different family members accurately reflects most modern families. We loved the messages about living life to the full, not being scared to try new things and getting out of your comfort zone that the film puts forward.
The kids loved the sillier slapstick humour - their favourite scenes were when the family discover fire and set everything alight and when they encounter the Punch Monkeys !
Have a look at the trailer to get a feel for the movie :
It's out on Blu-Ray and DVD on Monday 9th December so if you're still on the lookout for stocking filler and Christmas gift ideas, this is a great contender.
star rating : 4.5/5
- Classification: U
- Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 9 Dec 2013
- Run Time: 99 minutes
Disclosure : We received the DVD in order to write an honest review.
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