Heads up I'm a sucker for kids films and I've more kids films in my DVD collection than any other type of movie, except surfing films that is. I really did have high hopes for this one.
The story line is this, there is a family called the Croods who live in a prehistoric time, they embark on a life changing journey when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. They make their way across a spectacular unfamiliar landscape, discovering an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures, during which their outlook on life is changed.
Along the way there are repetitive gags, moments of emotion, slapstick comedy and hilarity, even though I laughed there was nothing about this movie that made it stand out.
The Croods are strong, loving family and the film has a lovely message of courage and the celebration of adventure at its core. It's a great film for kids, if you're looking for pure entertainment, however keep in mind there are some dark moments.
At the screening there was balloon animals, face painting, and a special guest appearance by one of the highly loveable characters, Belt the sloth, however I somehow missed all that and only got to see the film.