My daughters Alyanna, Mika and I went to watch the Croods last week. It has been a long time since a good family movie came out. The Croods is a story about an overprotective dad who wants his family to be safe thus leading his family to live in fear and hide in caves.
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. (taken from Dreamworks)
What I love about this movie is how fatherhood is portrayed and redeemed. For the longest time, fathers are absent in family movies. They are portrayed as either absentee, negligent, passive and insensitive. Some movies takes out the father figure altogether so this was a fresh breather from the other movies.
Grug, is an overprotective dad who wants his family to be safe. In doing so, they have always lived in survival mode and have never really enjoyed life because the motivation of Grug was fear. His daughter, Eep, on the other hand wanted to explore the world. So the tension begins when Eep disobeyed her dad and explored the world beyond.
(This is actually a teachable moment for our kids since Eep disobeyed and the movie portrayed that disobedience did not bring about any consequence w/c might confuse or encourage our kids to defy the rules in our home). We have to tell our kids that even if they think daddy’s rules are not right, they have to obey and not break the rule.
This is also a good reflection for dads to review the rules they set at home. As leaders of the household, are we leading our family to move in faith or in fear?
Eep in discovering the world meets Guy who told them that the world is going to end. So the Croods with Guy sets out to the highlands so they will be safe. Grug, the father knew it was the right thing to do but had a hard time accepting the fact that he is wrong. He tries to prove himself to his family but the harder he tries, the more he fails. His heart was right and his intentions were good but his action communicated fear and cowardice. Grug had his own battle to fight. He had to humble himself and admit his shortcomings and also be communicate his love to his family in words.
It might seem small but words are powerful. The highlight for me was when Grug said I love you to his daughter. A dad’s word can bring life or death in a relationship. Daddy never underestimate your words. The words of affection and encouragement you give your kids would go a long long way.
In terms of action, our words should be backed up by our actions. Grug redeemed his by his action and words. Same with his daughter Eep who was restored to his dad.
CONCLUSION: Overall, THE CROODS is a great family movie. It is worth watching this with your kids and talk about it after.