Ice Age Continental Drift ~ Movie Review
“Ice Age Continental Drift” is the latest installment in the popular Ice Age series. As in all the previous films the story follows saga of Wooly Mammoth Manny ( Ray Romano) , sabre tooth tiger Diego ( Denis Leary) , and Sid the Sloth voiced by (John Leguizamo). These characters were engaging and lovable as always,but the newly introduced character of Granny Sloth voiced by comedienne (Wanda Sykes) practically steals the whole movie.
The inter-species self made family has been expanded to include Manny’s mate Ellie (Queen Latifah), and daughter Peaches (Keke Palmer). Sid, who has been hoping to find his family throughout the previous films is finally reunited. His happy reunion is short lived when he realizes the family only intended to dump the responsibility of his aging Granny (Wanda Sykes). Granny is a bit cantankerous to say the least, and seems to be losing her mind as well. When she isn’t getting herself into harms way she is rambling on about her imaginary pet ” Precious”.
Of course everybody’s favorite squirrel Scrat is back, and as always he gives into his carnal desire for nuts. His attempts to capture the ever eluding nut eventually causes the continental divide, that also divides the families. During the divide the herd is separated leaving Manny,Diego, Sid and Granny on one side while Ellie and Peaches are on the other. Manny vows to return no matter what it takes and the adventure begins.
Along the way the group meet up with a band of Pirates who sail on an iceberg for a ship. The ship is commandeered by an evil orangutan Captain Gutt ( Peter Dinklage),and his crew which includes a white sabre tooth tiger Shira (Jennifer Lopez), elephant Ssal named Flynn (Nick Frost), a bunny called Squint (Aziz Ansari), and badger named Gupta (Kunal Nayyar). Captain Gutt is determined to have Manny for his food supply and the rest of the group for his crew.
Unlike the previous installments of Ice Age series this film is being presented in the 3D format. During the first few minutes of the film the 3D effects seem to overwhelm the characters, but eventually they break through. Lopez’s (Shira the Tiger) vocal talents are taken advantage of during a song and dance number . “Ice Age has always been about family”says Producer Lori Forte No matter what the plot is of a given ‘Ice Age’ film,it still comes down to family and about how Manny,Diego,Sid and the now extended family look out for one another.” Manny’s motto is we always “have each-others backs” a motto that never goes out of style in my book, especially in a family film.
I found ‘Ice Age The Continental Drift’ to be very entertaining ,and would highly recommend it for your summer movie fun.You can check out ‘Ice Age Continental Drift’ in a theater near you today!
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