Jul 29, 2012

Movie Review: Ice Age: Continental Drift [211/365]

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Fact: I watched Ice Age 4 twice. On 3D.

Having watched all three prequels, the latest outing of Manny and his ragtag 'herd' could have done better.
As in each of the Ice Age movies before, this one starts off with Scrat (Chris Wedge), the acorn-obsessed squirrel (literally) running amuck inside the earth's core. This acts as the premise of the entire plot. As the prehistoric Pangaea breaks apart, we are introduced to Peaches, now as a precocious teenager, and Louis who has a secret crush towards her. Manny is separated from his half mammoth half possum wife and his daughter when the land mass that he, Diego and Sid breaks off.
They encounter an evil ape pirate and his buccaneers and the rest is best viewed on 3D.

Unlike the earlier outings, this movie has a lot of action and none of the story-telling. Entertaining, surely. But I find some parts of the movie comfortably predictable. Most of the action is kid-friendly and the comedy very physical, which is okay when you are aiming to please kids.

I enjoyed this movie thoroughly and so did all millions who watched it. So then, why do I have the nagging feeling that the makers of this movie could have done better? Ice Age 4 is not boring but on the contrary, it is busy.

Would I recommend you watch this movie?
Yes. Not more than once though.
For the only reason that this is not one of those movies that you will remember for it's storyline. For a franchise as successful as this,  this one fails to deliver.

My Rating: 5.5

What does the ratings mean?
0-4  : Not worth your presence in the same zip code as the TV/Theater.
5-7  : Err... the movie is pretty, but it's definitely missing something. A storyline, that is.
8-10: 'Drop-the-dishes, stop-the-sex, jaw-dropping, that-is-incredible' 2 hours of movie experience
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