Review/Analysis: The Croods

The Croods live in a cave.  That should be too surprising, considering that they are cave people.  But beyond just living in the cave, they define their entire lives by it.  The last surviving family of Neanderthals in the valley, the Croods spend almost all of their time in the cave, emerging only to hunt for food.  The cave has kept them safe, as have the rules implemented by Grug (Nicolas Cage), the father of the family.  Inside the cave live Grug and his wife, Grug’s mother-in-law and the three kids.  Eep (Emma Stone), the oldest child, hates the rules, the cave, and her family, and longs to explore new things, in contradiction to her father’s mantra, “New is always bad.  Never not be afraid.” Continue reading