Ice Age: Continental Drift Reviews
Plus, I literally lost count if this is the 4th Ice Age or 5th. How many are there? Are they gonna continue to kill a dying franchise?
Regardless, I had a good time, not great. Animation's superb though.
I almost feel sorry for the art/animation team that had the displeasure of working on this piece of shit. Eesh.
The plot is getting a bit thin on the ground now, how can these guys have all this bad luck haha. The land on Earth is splitting up which by a series of unfortunate events separates the herd. Classic characters 'Manny' 'Sid' and 'Diego' are lost at sea, their mission (which they have no choice but to accept) is to get back to terra firma and find 'Ellie' and 'Peaches' (plus everyone else).
Following on from the previous films the herd now consists of the usual members but now includes the young teen 'Peaches'. As expected the story does revolve around this new character slightly but not entirely thankfully. As also expected this character is pretty annoying and uninteresting as a teen. Unfortunately we also have to put up with other lame teen characters who all speak like either hip hop artists or spoilt princesses in that typical American youth way. Absolutely hate when characters are realised this way as I'm sure other non American's do too.
On a little side note, why are all young characters in CGI films voiced by teen pop stars?. I realise they may be popular with the kiddies but surely there are better young actors that can used? young actors that can actually voice act properly that is.
'Blue Sky' also deemed it fit to include another terrible character this time in the form of 'Sid's' granny. Yep it really has come down to this, we now gotta put up with ancient relatives. Might be me but I didn't find this inclusion remotely amusing or interesting or useful even, what was the point? A poor stereotype and completely unfunny.
Of course its predictable but the plot just feels like the same stuff yet again. The inclusion of the pirate crew and their iceberg 'ship' is the only reasonable new offering that is worth some praise. A raggamuffin bunch of scurvy lily-livered misfits that look shabby and seedy much like the characters from 'Rango'. Their captain is the large ape 'Captain Gutt' which again does seem to be another rip from the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise (much like 'Buck' from the last film).
To me he comes across as a 'Captain Barbossa' copy to be honest, the deep voiced well spoken cad who doesn't really care about his own men. Not much humour given from this guy either, he's fun to watch but much more eerie looking for the kids if you ask me, a touch intimidating maybe?. Generally speaking this film does basically take a page out of the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' book, no real originality or creativity from 'Blue Sky'.
Lastly poor old 'Scrat' has finally run out of steam and ideas it seems here. The subplot is rather uneventful for him this time, I didn't really like how he is the cause of the continental breakup and I really didn't like the 'Atlantis' idea for him right at the end. The concepts for him are getting too far fetched really, it should be simpler, but hey this is just my opinion.
I think this film goes back towards being a full on kids film again, just like the second. I really can't see how adults will enjoy it much with the inclusion of yet more small furry mammals, more love interests, teenage mammals and all the regular cliched visual gags that have been used before.
I don't wanna be hard on the film as its a great little franchise that has always looked good including this one but this really feels like a rehash with more average characters stuck in to try and garner more kiddie support. The female version of 'Diego' is another obvious lure, another way to try and stretch out the franchise for more possible sequels, maybe they will have kids too *groan*.
There isn't really too much outstanding happening here that's the problem, nothing I can look and say wow! about. The pirate crew maybe complete rips from else where but they are easily the best thing going despite not actually being that entertaining. The heroes are tired and nowhere near as fun, even good old 'Sid' has very little to say or do this time round.
Personally I think this has gone as far as it can go now. Most prehistoric creatures have been utilized and we've seen the ice age, the great thaw, the dinosaur age and now the continental breakup. Where or what else is there to do before these guys should really be dying out?.
Ice age is melting down
I must say that I am a big fan of the Ice Age movies, and this was one of my most anticipated films of the year. Unfortunately something went missing in this film; it lost the magic it had in the past three installments, maybe it is the expulsion of Carlos Saldana, but definitely something went wrong in the production of this one. But it still manages to be a good movie, and a fun ride worth taking the kids.
This time, Manny (Ray Romano), Diego (Denis Leary), and Sid (John Leguizamo) embark on another adventure, once they are separated from their family after the continents begin breaking apart. They now have to find a way to get back home, and fight evil pirates.
The biggest problem I had with this movie was the story. In the past three Ice Age, each story was unique in its own style. They were different, yet encompassed similar traits, like teaching the value of family and union. However, in this movie there is nothing of that. The movie just rushes itself through, and leaves no mark or impression. Like I said, the magic fading away is noticeable.
But, the movie still manages to work. The comedy in it is still great, and the introduction of new characters makes the movie funner in some aspects. I watched the movie with a bunch of kids and they were all having a good time. So for its targeted audience Ice Age did work out. But for young adults, or adults, the movie isnt as good as the last three.
Watch it if you want. I had a good time. But, it is bad to see how Ice Age is slowly melting and losing its magic. I think its time the franchise comes to an end.
Sid: Holy crab!
This fourth entry in the franchise may not offer anything fresh plot-wise, but it's just as enjoyable as its foregoers and retains the solidity of the series. So if you ever had any worries, you can relax and keep it cool now.
As revealed by the undertitle, this deals with the breaking of the world's continents, which by a sudden strike of force majeure, separates Manny the Mammoth from his wife and beloved daughter. Of course, he isn't entire alone, but also has Sid and Diego at his side, along with Sid's spirited grandmother, who is the most hilarious of the new characters.
Set adrift on high seas on the S.S. Huge Ice Block, the four of them come across pirates, sea creatures and other, less menacing animal life, including the cute and endearing Scrat, who is as crazy for nuts as ever.
Between the battles against the villains, there's also the substory focused on Manny's daughter Peaches, who has now become a teenager, with everything that involves. It's very hackneyed and predictable the way she searches for her identity, but I guess they had to the fill up the time with something.
What impresses the most here is the first-rate voice cast, which besides the original crew, treats us to inspired performances from Alan Tudyk, Patrick Stewart, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jennifer Lopez, Peter Dinklage and last but not least, Seann William Scott. Phew, that was a mouthful!
As far as the calibre of the animation goes, it's once again pretty breath-taking. Particularily in the wider and more epic shots of its beautifully crafted landscapes and large-spanning oceans. It's truly wondrous what they're able to accomplish today.
That being said, this is well worth a visit to the big screen. I can't say I was laughing out loud at any given point, but I was fully entertained and gave out a good amount of chuckles at regular intervals. And did I tell you how cool Sid's grandma is? Any moment spent around her is bound to break the ice. Okay, I'll stop it with the puns now.
The story follows Manny, Diego, Sid, Ellie, Crash and Eddie, and Manny's teenaged daughter Peaches who are all living in the ice age still. This time the land has separated leaving Manny, Diego, and Sid stranded on a little glacier and trying to get home to their family. But trouble comes around when a group of pirates try to capture our heroes, and who are led by the evil Captain Gut. Diego also meets a female tiger who works with the pirates, who he develops a crush on. Peaches in the meantime tries to develop a relationship with a male mammoth named Ethan, while also trying to maintain her friendship with her molehog best friend Louis. They must all get back to their family before the end of the world happens, but it will not be as easy as they hope.
The plot took a promising new story for the series and used the exact same formula as the old films. They go on an adventure, they meet some new characters, and they all learn something in the end, and all the while a sabertooth rat named Scrat is getting into mischief over an acorn. The scenes with Scrat are funny than the actual film. I always loved the scenes with Scrat, they are so ridiculous and all the pain he goes through is downright the highlight of this series. But we have to endure yet another story with characters I used to love but now just have lost their touch. I mean this entire film is pretty much the story of "Finding Nemo." A father gets angry with his kid, they get separated, and the father has to try and find his child with the help of some goofy companions. But there is one difference, and that is the pirates, the pirates ruined this film completely for me, they weren't funny or even fun, they just seemed like some big way to add a female love interest for Diego and get Jennifer Lopez to join the cast. I used to love these characters as well when it was just Manny, Diego, and Sid. But now we have Queen Latifah who gets a few lines in the film (none of which are funny) and the teenaged mammoth who is going through predictable problems with fitting in and getting a boy mammoth to like her, and her best friend Louis who is a molehog who tries to get a few laughs but ends up being annoying. I used to love the original characters as well, but now they have completely changed their personalities from the first film and it makes me angry. I am also very tired of these films adding love interests; it seems like just a way to waste time and try to add another sequel, which they will most likely make. I wasn't a fan of the story, characters, or the jokes, but sure enough kids will love it because they enjoy their toilet humor.
The voice cast was good and they still fit the personalities of their character perfectly. Ray Ramono was great for Manny in the first film, and even though I do not like what they have turned the character into, I still think Ramono is perfect for the role. Denis Leary and John Leguizamo are still fun and provide great voices for their characters still, even if their characters are too childish for my taste now. I was never a fan of Queen Latifah in these films or her character; she just seemed like a way to waste time just like Jennifer Lopez's character in this film. I hated Keke Palmer in this movie that played Peaches, she sounded too whiny and she really showed me that the creators aren't trying to provide any fun characters anymore. Josh Peck and Seann William Scott as Crash and Eddie are the only characters I enjoy now (besides Scrat), they give some decent chuckles and that is more than I got from anyone else in this film. As for the animation in this film, it's great. They have really improved since the original film and it's one of the reasons people still enjoy the series. I love animated film that provides cool animation and fun colors, like a Pixar or DreamWorks animated film. But it could not save the film from being predictable and ruining the characters that I had come to love.
Ice Age: Continental Drift could've been the film to save the series from being another predictable and boring story like the third film, but instead they just run it into the ground again. The series could still be saved in future films if they went back to the roots of its greatness but sadly I don't think these writers will let it be possible. They have the same problem I had with Pixar's "Cars 2," they focus more on the looks than the story and characters. I think what made me not enjoy this film the most were the jokes; there was one point in the movie where I got angry because their jokes were so pathetic and lazy. But the film was saved from being a complete disaster by a savior, and the savior's name is Scrat. Like I said earlier, Scrat is a wonderful and funny character that the writers actually did one thing right with. I love seeing the pain he goes through to get the acorn and all this great and fun new animation to his wild adventures makes it even better. But sadly he could not save the film for me, as they rest of the film was a swirling vortex of predictability, lame jokes, and characters that have been destroyed by the money grubbing creators in Hollywood. If you enjoyed the Dawn of the Dinosaurs than you will probably love this new film, but I felt it has taken the series very far back than its potential and it could've been so much more if they cared more about the film than the money they will make.