New York, NY – The Dreamworks presentation of The Croods premiered on Mar. 2 2013 at the Loews AMC Theatre on West 34 Street between 8th and 9th Ave. The movie is not set to open in New York until Mar.22. Fatherhood groups and families with passes were treated to nonstop action in high quality 3-D and incredible colors. So impressive was the cinematography that you could hear several children blowing at a glowing floating ember during the introduction. Families should see this clever film together. See trailer and teaser here.
This Dreamworks cinematic gem and probable future award winner, The Croods is indeed an very funny family flick about what you would think was a coming of age story about Eep, a teenaged cavegirl; however, the coming of age story was actually centered around her fear-mongering, overprotective father, Grug. Any honest father will look at himself and his static thinking in a dynamic world, where raising children should extend our creativity and not assassinate our children’s curiosity and creativity. Where metamorphosis is necessary, stubbornness is cataclysmic.
There are gut-busting slapstick moments as well as eye-misting instances that every member of the family will enjoy and remember. In a present world were absenteeism and attended fatherlessness (fathers who are absent while present) gets the brunt of fatherhood angst, it was an awesome experience to see a father work through his flaws and over played buffoonery and make the changes necessary to connect with his family. Dads today, like prehistoric Grug, can find their heroism in letting go within reason and allowing gifts and maturity to blossom. Being available is half the battle. What is incredible about The Croods is the big picture is not lost in the levity, even while chromatic brilliance captured every detail.
Clips from the Croods could actually be used by fatherhood groups, where fathers have the age old issue of dealing with their teenagers. The value of storytelling and jokes was central in helping formulate worldviews, creating family bonds and helping to set expectations and boundaries. This is something many reverted to during the power outages of Super-storm Sandy but should not be lost. The Croods delivers in many ways –especially in showing how our children help dads mature.