The Croods is a movie that has grown on me. I liked it the first time I watched it. Then after the second or third time, I really came to love its quirkiness.
The script had loads of gags and I laughed pretty hard at most of them. A lot of the funny moments were downplayed or cut from the film, which was probably a good idea. As for the story itself, I found a few of my friends turned off by the somewhat confusing story line. Mainly that the story begins with a focus on Eep and changes to Grug somewhere in the middle.
I actually don't mind this. I think it adds an edge to the story. It's something different, something rare, and something new. Which fits with the theme if trying new things.
As for the cinematic elements of the film:
Use of Blur:
The action shots were amazing and awesome. Seriously. The hunting scene at the beginning is one of my favorite scenes ever. Particularly the moment when Eep chases after the Liyote.
I might be biased because I'm a runner, but this sequence gets me motivated to run every. single. time.
It's amazing how blurry the action can be, yet we're still able to follow along with the characters.
And then there are moments within the action where we can focus on expression. It's like a delicate balance between motion and stasis.
Depth of Field:
I love this shot because of the blurry foreground and the blurry background. It reminds me of the animal planet documentaries of cheetahs or lions hunting. It brings that gritty nature vibe to the film.
There were a lot of long shots that helped define the story and show off the new environments.
LOTS of long shots. I think my favorite shots are with the creatures in the foreground that are extremely annoyed by how loud the family is.
Analyzing the Croods and figuring out what I really liked about the film took me awhile, so it looks like we're going to have two Cinema Studies this week! The next film? One of my childhood favorites. Seriously, when this movie came out when I was a kid... I literally squealed when I first saw the trailer. Can you guess which one it is? Hint: It's about a horse. :D
The screencaps in this blogpost were from disneyscreencaps.com