The Croods: A New Age shines when it doesn’t take itself seriously. Instead, it takes a jab at hipsters of the stone age.
Yes, the second outing for the titular prehistoric clan doesn’t live up to the standards of the first one, and I’m fine with that. The Croods: A New Age may be the missing link for parents looking for more elevated family-friendly fare, but it also provides great laughs specially when it makes fun of itself.
This sequel continues the noisy and energetic clash of tradition with modernity from the original, while also throwing in some mighty action set-pieces. The Croods 2: A New Age is a near perfect family film of sheer, silly escapism. Every character is a joy to behold, almost, especially during a final act rescue that will rock your socks off.
Sadly, not everything is great about this movie. What it lacks in narrative ingenuity, it makes up for in vibrant, astonishing animation, as it floods the screen with a plethora of imaginative flora and fauna. Plus, for all the empowerment themes of the sequel, one can’t help but yearn for the sexist tropes and superior caveman jokes of The Flintstones. End result? Younger folks will be entertained but never truly engaged.
However, as an adult watching this movie, I must admit that it’s one of the funniest movies I’ve seen this year.
Should you watch it?
The first film was so middle-of-the-road that most have forgotten it existed. However, its sequel, The Croods: A New Age, creates a more lasting impression, with vibrant animation and an enthusiastic sense of humour.
Where can I watch it?
You can stream The Croods: A New Age on Crave in Canada.