The Croods return to theaters in a funnier and more entertaining sequel. The Croods: A New Age got the prehistoric CGI family looking for a new home. You find another family living in a splendid paradise but soon learn that not everyone is welcome with open arms. Each character gets a moment in the spotlight with a healthy dose of simultaneous comedy. There are several running gags that surprisingly get better as the film progresses. Adults and children alike will get the much-needed infusion of good-natured humor on this Thanksgiving Day.
The Croods: A New Age starts in the past with a montage about how Guy (Ryan Reynolds) lost his parents. Now a beloved family member, despite Grug’s (Nicolas Cage) grumbling, The Croods desperately looking for her “tomorrow” home. The journey is dangerous as all kinds of creatures will attack you at your whim. The danger brings them closer together, especially Guy and Eep (Emma Stone). Her burgeoning romance leads to thoughts of the couple starting their own pack.
Grug discovers a rich utopia that is hidden behind a huge defense barrier. The Croods stuff their faces, dance and rejoice. Joy turns into shock when they meet the residents. The Betterman’s, Phil (Peter Dinklage), Hope (Leslie Mann) and their daughter Dawn (Kelly Marie Tran) are a sophisticated prehistoric family with a complex of superiority. Phil and Hope are disgusted with their filthy, smelly, and indecent cave brothers. They see a ray of hope in Guy who is a perfect match for their lonely daughter. While Ugga (Catherine Keener) resists Betterman’s snobbish stance, Grug and Phil find common ground in separating Eep from Guy.
The Croods: A New Age does a great job of keeping the laughs going. The film has no downbeats. There is always something stupid, whether it’s sight gigs or scripts, that makes you laugh. The Croods Trying to blend in with the Betterman’s contemporary, upscale lifestyle is mind-boggling fun. The social inequality between the two households leads Ugga and Eep to realize that “cavemen” are an insult. Phil and Hope’s condescending behavior is a secret lesson in class discrimination. The Croods Show Betterman’s that knowing how to flush a toilet doesn’t mean you are a better person.
The romance between Eep and Guy is treated thoughtfully. Guy’s embrace of the Betterman’s lifestyle makes Eep feel unworthy. The film deals with problems of low self-esteem without preaching. It’s also refreshing that Eep and Dawn are not opponents. Dawn is desperate for friendship. She finds a beast in Eep, which she takes out of her shell. The Croods: A New Age never lingers in focus.
The secondary characters make up the lion’s share of laughter. Thunk (Clark Duke) and Gran (Cloris Leachman) steal the show. Thunk’s feeble mind is torn to pieces by a standard Betterman’s treehouse feature. It’s a gimmick that never gets old. Gran also has some surprises in her arsenal. She brings both families together in a fun climax. The filmmakers receive top marks for spreading the comedic wealth.
The Croods: A New Age is a significant improvement over the first film. It’s better written with a more complex storyline and fantastic new characters. Families will devour this sequel on Turkey Day. Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh gets a nod for his uplifting score and soundtrack. The Croods: A New Age is a production of DreamWorks Animation. The film will have a major theatrical release from Universal Pictures on November 25th.
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