The Croods

Rating: 5

This DreamWorks movie came out in March of 2013, and, in case I haven’t told you yet, I adore animated movies. My boyfriend bought me this movie on DVD for Christmas and we watched it last night since there was a freakish snow/ice/cold storm coming to KY. And, I promise that I will one day review something other than a movie.

The Croods is a movie set in a fantastical world whose trailers instantly had me intrigued. Besides the story and world of this movie, the fact that Emma Stone was the voice of the main character, Eep, had me wanting to see this movie. The first movie I saw her in was Easy A, and I’ve been a fan since then. This movie didn’t disappoint me.

This movie focuses on a family, The Croods, who have only survived the harsh environment they live in because the leader of their family, Grug (voiced by Nicolas Cage), has created strict rules for all of them to follow. His number one rule–“Always be afraid.” As his daughter, Eep, has gotten older, she’s grown to resent these rules as her curiosity finds her stretching her limits around the confines of the cave. The rest of her family, Ugga (her mother, voiced by Catherine Keener), Gran (her grandma, voiced by Cloris Leachman), Thunk (her brother, voiced by Clark Duke), and Sandy (her baby sister, voiced by Randy Thom), all follow Grug’s rules without a second thought.

POTENTIAL SPOILERS

But, one night, Eve sees something strange outside the cave and risks her Grug’s anger by going out to investigate. She discovers a boy her age, Guy (voiced by Ryan Reynolds), and the strange thing he has created–fire. After some slightly awkward conversation in which she acts like a caveman because she is and he tells her that the world is ending, Guy heads off on his mission for the mountains while Eep goes back to the cave. But, the family has discovered her escape and meet her half way in their search for her. Her father confronts her and she attempts to explain to them what has happened, making them more and more alarmed because Eep is telling them about things that are new and different. Then, the world starts to shake, just as Guy said it would.

Their instant reaction is to flee for the cave, but it’s destroyed in an avalanche of rocks. In the clearing dust, the family is confronted by a lush land full of dangerous and wondrous creatures and so many possibilities. Naturally, Grug wants to do anything but explore this new world, but a predator at their rear forces them to literally dive into it. As they attempt to survive the new terrors that face them, they discover that Guy might be the one thing that will keep them alive and their family bonds are tested.

I loved this movie for both the story and the beautiful animation. The artists and voice actors did a wonderful job of bringing this spellbinding world to life. The animals that they came up with and created are We didn’t see it in 3D because, well, we never see movies in 3D, but I’m sure that this would be a movie fitted to it.

What’s really important in this movie is the bonds of family, specifically the lack of bonding between Eep and Grug. The family seems to loose respect for Grug as they semi-quickly adapt to their new lives and he sticks to what he knows. Grug is deeply hurt by this, but he doesn’t quite know how to fix it. Will he and his family survive this ordeal the way that they started, one unconventional but loving family?

Watch the movie yourself and find out!

Frozen (2013)

For a long while now, Mondays have been for sharing poetry. I’m not sure if I’m going to continue that, but I am planning on changing what I do on Mondays. This doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop accepting poetry submissions.

My new plan for Mondays is literature reviews. I was going to say “book,” but I also love poetry, movies, TV shows, and other forms of creative expression. We may not have access to it, but all of these start out, in part, with the written word.

As I’m sure you’re already aware, reviews of any nature are subjective, so I’ll essentially be expressing my opinion. I’m open to discussion; that is one of the main purposes of a blog, after all. There isn’t going to be any real rhyme or reason to the works I chose each week. I will, of course, write about works after I finish reading or watching them. But, I’ve read and seen plenty of other works that I have much to talk about in between.

I’m thinking that I should do some sort of rating system, especially for movies and TV shows. I keep forgetting that, along with revamping the posts of this site, I need to update and change the pages. For part of this, I’m going to change the weekly posts pages and will include a rating system for my weekly review posts.

Also, in regards to movies and TV shows, I’m going to attempt to refrain from giving any spoilers. I’ll warn you if there are going to be any though.

Rating: 5

Frozen_castposterToday, I’m going to talk about a movie that I saw with my boyfriend on Saturday December 14–Frozen. Now, when trailers first started coming out for this movie, we weren’t sure whether or not we wanted to see it. All of the previews we saw didn’t really tell us what the story of this Disney film was.

While the teaser trailer is funny, it’s bordering on goofy and seemed rather strange, to me at least, for what I’d usually expect from Disney. But then I found an official trailer on YouTube for Frozen today, and I don’t think I’ve seen it anywhere else. In this preview, we meet the main characters and learn the major conflict of the movie. This is something that would have really piqued my interest and made me want to see the movie for the movie, not simply because I love Disney and animated flicks.

In the above photo, you can see the main cast of characters from Frozen. From the left there is Elsa (voice by Indina Menzel), Kristoff (voiced by Jonathan Groff), Olaf the snowman (voiced by Josh Gad), Sven the reindeer, Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), and Hans (voiced by Santino Fontana).

These characters were unleashed on the world on November 10. Considering the fact that this was a Tuesday, we should have been expecting the swarm of parents and their children at the theater. If we’d considered this, we would’ve left sooner for tickets and seats. As it was, the 3:45 show only had seven seats left that weren’t guaranteed to be near each other, so we decided to see the 4:20 instead. This showing also wound up being packed, but considering the fact that we were there almost an hour early, we were able to get the seats we wanted before it got too crazy.

The story focuses on Anna and Elsa, the only children of the queen and king of the Arendelle. As small children, the sisters were extremely close. Then one day, with no explanation given to Anna, Elsa locks herself away and refuses to have any interactions with her younger sister. On top of that, their parents lock the gates of Arendelle so Anna is essentially left by herself.┬áLater in the story, when the Elsa comes of age, the gates are once again open in celebration. Anna is elated while Elsa can’t wait to get it over with so the gates can once again remain closed. During the course of the day, Anna meets her prince charming, Hans, and they instantly fall in love and decide to get married. Elsa is dumbfounded by this and become angry when Anna and Hans insist that they’re getting married. In her anger and fear, Elsa out lashes with the magic no one knew she had. Their guests call her a monster and start yelling to have her captured, but Elsa escapes, finally releasing herself from her self-made bondage of hiding her true self. Sadly, the release of her powers causes all of Arendelle to turn into a freezing winter despite the fact that it’s summer time. So, Anna sets out to confront her sister and try to stop winter. On the way, she meets Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf; all of them help her in her quest.

And, you’ll have to find out what happens on your own.

I loved this movie. It was warm, comical, at times romantic, adventurous, and a movie for people of all ages. Part of why I enjoyed this movie is because it didn’t focus on the romance. The movie is wonderful whether or not Anna gets the guy, and there aren’t really a lot of those movies out there right now where the main character doesn’t have to find the perfect significant other.

The story and characters are so easy to connect with and become invested in that some parts of this movie can become a tearjerker.

I highly recommend that you see this movie. Even if you aren’t a theater goer, make sure that you find yourself a copy after it’s released on DVD.