The greatest joy of The Croods: A New Age is how it revels in its own nonsense.
The Croods: A New Age Synopsis
Though he still deeply loves Eep, Guy is increasingly frustrated by the crude lifestyles of the Croods. When the pack meets the Bettermans, whom Guy used to live with as a child, Guy immediately embraces their more civilised lifestyles, ultimately falling out with Eep too. Meanwhile, Grug and Phil Betterman, i.e., the patriarchs of the respective families, scheme to have their children break off for good.
I remember not liking The Croods (2013) at all.
Admittedly, I watched that on a weekend when I was in a foul mood. Still, I thought it was overall, derivative and unfunny. Little more than typical DreamWorks pop-talking comedy.
Well, it’s been seven years since, which BTW, makes it unusual to have a sequel. (Read about the many delays here) But perhaps it’s these delays that ended up making this hysterical prehistoric comedy such sheer entertainment to watch. As in, the producers might have ultimately decided the show should just go ahead and be about fun.
It’s like, the movie positively rejoices in its own absurdity. Absolutely celebrates nonsense as well. Nothing is ever taken too seriously and whenever there’s an opportunity for an OTP gag, in it goes. With not a care for any purpose other than to create laughs.
Oh, there’s still all sorts of sly references to sensible topics, from neighbourly/lifestyle conflicts to the nature of privacy, to even socio-political issues like … the necessity of walls. But none are heavily dwelled on and in the end, it is always about adventurous abandonment. As well as trashing it out with unhappy monkeys suffering from banana denial.
Highly, highly recommended for a family watch. Adults will love this as much as children.
Not recommended for a dinner watch, though. You will find it hard to eat while giggling every other minute.