What do you do after an exhausting week, kids overtired from 5 and a half days of school and other extracurricular activities when you just want to chill?
It’s too early to go to bed, but it’s dark outside and you don’t feel up for much.
…Well we have for a family film night:
We make pizzas, experiment with toppings and snuggle down for a film.
This week was a little different. We’ve been trying to get together with friends for the past month or so, but were struggling to find a time that fit all kids and adults. Insane, I know! I proposed they joined us for our family film night. They bought the popcorn. 🙂
Showing on our “big screen”, aka telly, was The Croods (a copy of which we’d been sent to review through the MumsNet review panel.)
“The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures — and their outlook is changed forever.” (as described on the box)
Somehow in the spring, when The Croods hit the big screen, it didn’t capture our imagination enough to go and watch it at the cinema. Hence it was totally new to us.
As I was popping the pizzas into the oven, we all settled down for the film.
Popcorn and Hulahoops in hand. Max woke from his nap just in time too.
The film starts with an introduction from Eep (one of the main characters Emma Stone)
“With every sun comes a new day. A new beginning. A hope that things will be better today than they were yesterday. But not for me. My name is Eep. And this is my family, the Croods. If you weren’t clued in already by the animal skins and sloping foreheads, we’re cavemen. Most days we spend in our cave, in the dark. Night after night, day after day. Yep, home sweet home. When we did go out, we struggled to find food in a harsh and hostile world. And I struggled to survive my family…. “
It sets to scene brilliantly for this movie with lots of laugh out loud moments. From flip the Granny for heads or tails, to funny animals like a mouseiphant, girraffadile and so on. We had kids from 18 months to 40 years plus loving this film.
The actors do a great job. With Nicolas Cage, John Cleese, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds, just to name a few, giving this film the character. The animation is gorgeous! The storyline has twists and turns that are not predictable. This movie certainly had me laughing so hard I was in tears a couple of times.
I think it’s a credit to any film when an 18 month old is captured by it enough to sit through most of the 98 minutes. To top it we found him giggling at some of scenes too. It really does work for the whole family from the youngest to probably the great grandparents (we had none close enough to rope in unfortunately.)
To quote the film: “never not be afraid” to miss this great family film! The Croods really is a must see!
It’s out on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday, 9th December. I reckon it is a perfect stocking filler, especially with some great deals from the supermarkets I’ve seen for it. Go check it out!
As for the pizzas, they went down a storm and were a perfect fit with their eclectic toppings, including cottage cheese, olives, feta, ham, peppers and my signature tomato sauce. Some of the dough even became pizza bread with tomato sauce, roast chicken and cheese rolled into the dough. Yummy!!!
Do you have family film nights?
Have you seen The Croods? What did you think?
PS- I’ve just gone trawling about the film (after publishing this post). And found the official The Croods website. Check it out- it has some great games, downloadable ringtone and so on.
PPS- Oh and if you’d like to read some other thoughts on the movie pop over to read my fellow bloggers’ reviews: