Great actors, great imagery not enough to save 'The Croods'

 

In today’s cinema, animated feature films are a staple in a movie goer’s choice of what to see. There have been so many fantastic animated films throughout the years, but there is one thing that all of those films have in common: They all provide subtitle humor and not just physical humor to keep little ones occupied for an hour and a half.

“The Croods,” DreamWorks’ newest animated feature film, directed by Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders, is the story of a family of cavemen who are trying to survive in a world of dangerous creatures and terrifying landscapes. The film’s characters are voiced by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars such as Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds.

Even with these talented actors providing the voices for the characters, it’s not enough to pick up what is otherwise a mindless drudge that is equivalent to “Ice Age 4.” At times, there was some funny, physical humor, but what makes animations so great are the jokes that appeal to older audiences. This film had none of that.

The best thing about this film was the visuals. The entire film looked so great, and the world that DreamWorks created for “The Croods” is so beautiful because it helps take away from the lacking script and almost nonexistent humor.

Animated kids’ movies are some of the highest grossing films which explain why “The Croods” got the top spot in the box office. According to boxofficemojo.com, the film has already grossed $44.5 million. Was it deserving of its top spot? I don’t think so.

This movie had some of the best visuals I have seen in a while, but the lacking dialogue and humor were too much to bear. If you have a young child, then this would be a great film for him or her, but for any average movie viewer, it is definitely a pass.

I would rate this film a 2 out of 5.

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