Saturday, 7 December 2013

The Croods .... A DVD Review

The Croods was a blockbuster hit in the cinemas when it was released in March this year but we, who have to plan taking our family of six to the local flicks based on whether we have a spare limb to sell or not, missed it when it was on the big screen unfortunately.

Fortunately, Mumsnet came to the rescue with an advance copy of the DVD, which is released on Monday December 9, for us to review. And so we've spent a rainy afternoon variously snuggled on the sofa, the floor and against the radiator (as I said there's six of us) enjoying the luxury of a totally new film to watch.

And we did enjoy The Croods. A lot.

The Croods are a family of cave dwellers whose brutal life in a prehistoric landscape is abruptly altered by the shifting apocalyptic landscape and the arrival of a guy, called Guy. Cue a comic adventure through fantastical surroundings full of strange surprises and exotic animals towards the light, (almost) family unity and a hopeful future.

It's a gloriously funny film with great characters and ridiculously lush animation, The Croods rollicks along with plenty of laugh out loud scenes (the invention of the prehistoric selfie being a particular favourite with The Boy) as well as several lump in the throat, heart in the mouth and aw moments.

Nicholas Cage voices Grug, the father of the Crood family, and was our family's collective star of the show. Emma Roberts is daughter Eep who is dis-satisfied with life in the family cave while Ryan Reynolds is the Guy who, literally, lights her fire.

We all also developed a soft spot for Belt the sloth (Chris Sanders). Who doesn't love a sloth? TeenTwin2 certainly does, and now she wants one for Christmas.

The measure of a good film is being able to sit through it a second time and enjoy it just as much as the first time. The Boy, of course, decided the second viewing is best done immediately after the first and guffawed away with the same fervour he guffawed the first time round. *Rolls eyes*

He has since declared it the best film he has ever seen.

The Croods is from the Dreamworks team and every bit as good as one of our all-time favourite family films Shrek It would make an excellent stocking filler this Christmas, ideal to view when your own family unity might be feeling festively fraught.

Or perhaps that's just us :/

We were given a copy of The Croods by Mumsnet for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

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