the Croods brings to mind a lot of movies. First, and I suppose foremost, the old TV show the Flintstones–Nicholas Cage is the patriarch of a family, and at times we almost expect him to yell “WILMA!” But the inventions aren’t there; this is really a cave man cartoon, with no improvements. The family lives in fear of everything. Then, we feel the echoes of the strange but effective “Quest for Fire”, with Ron Perlman and Rae Dawn Chong, because in many ways this is a quest for fire movie; I could name several others, but the film derives from, and also, to be fair, enlarges on those films.
Having said that, this is a tremendously entertaining, and very funny, movie. The cave family’s daughter, named Eep, meets a young guy who has learned to make fire. Adventure after adventure follows as he joins the family in an attempt to escape earthquakes, floods, famine and fire. Therein lies the problem with the film: we have far too many chase scenes. The action is too frenetic.
Still this is a good film to take the family to–probably not much under five, though, please. Look for good voice overs from Cage, Chloris Leachman (!)and, really, the rest of the cast. Three stars and a great deal of fun,