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A great deal of fun for relaxing and enjoying
on 11 April 2014
I'm not prehistoric, but I'm certainly old enough to remember when there were loads of cheesy "Cavemen" films around on TV and in the cinemas. And this film thoroughly makes fun of them all.
Atouk is the smallest, weakest member of Tonda's tribe of Neanderthals, but he makes up for it with his brains, and is pretty much only tolerated by the tribe because they use him as a food tester. Atouk's hapless friend, Lar, is cast out after he's injured in a battle with a Big Horned Lizard (seriously, that's its official name), and Atouk is similarly given the boot when he tries to put the moves on leader Tonda's luscious mate, Lana. Wandering in the wilderness, Atouk meets up again with Lar, and they make all kinds of discoveries: walking upright, tools, fire, cooked food, music, weapons, and the best way to deal with rampaging monsters (get 'em good and stoned). Atouk and Lar soon start unintentionally collecting their own tribe of outcasts (a blonde woman, an old blind man, a wounded guy and his enormous family, a gay couple, a weird dude with a dead bird on his head, an African man, A Korean guy who speaks perfect English and owns a pet lizard who locates food, a person of under-average height, and a teenage girl), and soon the stage is set for prehistoric tribal warfare as Atouk continually tries to get into Lana's loincloth . . . .
So, yeah, this is not going to win Best Film Ever at the Pretentious Film Snot Awards, but I remember seeing it several times on The Movie Channel when I was young, and those fond memories led me to track down the DVD. Nearing forty, I understand more of the of the jokes. And, yeah, most of the film is parody, slapstick, or outright base humour, but this is a great spoof film that doesn't miss a trick and looks like it was a lot of fun to make. The "dinosaurs" look cartoony but are full of personality, and the music is surprisingly enjoyable. On the whole, it's a good flick for kicking back with if you want a few silly chuckles without too much tedious and challenging cerebral activity. And yet, somehow, it manages to do that without being as intensely violent or crude as many modern movies of the same variety. The movie doesn't take itself seriously, so neither should anyone else; just relax and enjoy.
But, hey, that's just my rose-tinted opinion, and I'd recommend renting this first to see if it's your cup of tea before committing to a purchase. I know this movie won't be to everyone's taste, but I think it'll find an appreciative audience out there somewhere.