The Croods: A New Age
A kid’s movie for all ages
When it first released almost seven years ago, The Croods became an instant hit. Not because it was extraordinary but because it was witty and sensible, and of course it touched the very human existence. In its sequel, The Crood: A New Age, the movie has become better and more organised.
The movie starts where the earlier left. Guy (Ryan Reynolds) and the Croods are still looking for a new place to call home. Guy is continuing to romance Eep (Emma Stone) under the watchful gaze of her paranoid father, Grug (Nicolas Cage).
The family eventually finds itself in an idyllic land run by a rather modern-looking couple, Hope and Phil Betterman (Leslie Mann and Peter Dinklage, respectively), who have managed to pioneer advanced farming methods alongside newfangled concepts like clothes, soap, and privacy. The Bettermans, it turns out, were friends of Guy’s now-deceased parents. They disdain the Croods’ uncouth ways and are somewhat outraged that Guy is engaged to Eep instead of their own daughter, Dawn (Kelly Marie Tran).
The movie somersaults between old and new, traditional and modern but at the end gives a very strong message and asks an important question. Why can’t we co-exist? The issue of inclusion is layered under the many tussles the two families have.
The animation is superb, but the most interesting thing about the movie is that despite being a kids’ film, it’s not just a children’s movie. It is for the whole family to enjoy. Maybe another Christmas tradition is on its way.