Writer Nicole Richards Sharpe
"Are you better off now than you were 4 million years ago?" This is the tagline of America's #1 family film to date, "The Croods", another DreamWorks Animation work of art. Actors Emma Stone, Nicholas Cage and Ryan Reynolds, among others, lend their voices and their personalities to the colorful prehistoric characters.
I laughed throughout the entire film. I was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. My intention was to simply entertain my daughter who started showing symptoms of Spring Break Antzy Fever. If left untreated, it could lead to brooding. So I packed up some treats and met with Epiphany and her kids, who were also exhibiting signs and we headed to the movie theater. She and I were both astounded at how entertaining the film was. Not only was it hilarious, it forced you to think.
Without giving away too much of "The Croods", their cave was their safe haven. It was the one form of protection that preserved their lives as opposed to their neighbors'. The over-protective father played by Nicholas Cage, heavily relied on their cave to keep them safe. Although they were alive, as the teenaged daughter played by Emma Stone said, they weren't "Alive".
Do you feel that way sometimes? Sitting at a comfortable administrative job with medical benefits that is not your dream career of museum curator. Pursuing a degree because it would lead to a more lucrative job as a financial advisor as opposed to your dream of clam digging. Staying on the block you grew up on because the rent is super low although you want to venture into another state or even another country.
Whatever your cave may be, identify it and just go. You might be fearful of the world that awaits you out there but at least its not a volcanic, earthquakey mess filled with prehistoric carnivorous plants and animals as big as houses waiting to devour you. Relax and take that first step. And go see "The Croods"!