Movie Review: ‘The Croods 2: A New Age’ is a prehistorically good time

The Croods 2: A New Age” will hit theaters on Nov. 25. Starting off in the very beginning, this sequel delves into what happened with Guy’s (Ryan Reynolds) parents. As stated in the first “Croods” movie back in 2013, Guy’s parents were engulfed by tar. During their final moments, they tell Guy to search for Tomorrow, a better, less dangerous place.

The Croods (left) meet Phil and Hope Betterman (right.)

Fast-forward to him meeting Eep (Emma Stone.) The once lonely traveler now has to deal with a possible new girlfriend and her entire family – all while trying to find a new home.

Although the first movie made it seem like they did find Tomorrow when they finally escaped their crumbling ecosystem, it seems like this pack still hasn’t found it yet. While trying not to get eaten by other-worldly prehistoric creatures, the group stumbles upon a mysterious oasis.

With rows of fruit and a tree house big enough to have rooms for everyone, the group is excited for a new, ‘better’ beginning. They meet the Bettermans: Hope (Leslie Mann), Phil (Peter Dinklage), and their daughter Dawn (Kelly Marie Tran).

Eep meets Dawn Betterman

Guy recognizes the Bettermans from his past, and Phil and Hope become eager to set Guy up with Dawn. Eep’s father Grug (Nicholas Cage) had recently discovered Eep and Guy’s plan to break from the pack and go off on their own. So, as any protective father would do, Ugg plans to get rid of him.

As opposed to the threats they faced in the first movie, their new challenge is to learn how to fit into this fast-evolving world. That, and of course, those otherworldly prehistoric creatures like mentioned before. These two families must fight together for their survival, but will their differences be too great?

Original voice actors from the first movie rejoined the cast for the sequel, including Clark Duke (Thunk), Catherine Keener (Ugga), and Cloris Leachman (Gran). The film is also directed by DreamWorks veteran Joel Crawford.

This movie will be a hit for families and fans of the first movie. Beautifully animated with gorgeous color and scenery, the movie is not only heartwarming and hilarious, but captivating. “The Croods 2: A New Age” is sure to bring the light that audiences desperately need nowadays.

“Croods” fans in Hollywood can get an early preview of the movie at Universal’s CityWalk. And, in the spirit of the season, Universal will make a donation every time fans use #CroodsCare on Twitter, and will also match funds donated directly to the Feeding America website via the Croods Care Landing Page.

Check out the trailer for “The Croods 2: A New Age” below:

The Croods 2: A New Age – Official Trailer (Universal Pictures) HD

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