This weekend for movie patrons all across Canada only brings one major release opening wide at theatres across the country. Out today at theatres everywhere from our friends at 20th Century Fox Films is the latest adventures of our favorite animated prehistoric animals. It’s time for “Ice Age: Continental Drift”.
Starring the voice talents of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary
Directed by Steve Martino & Mike Thurmeier
In “Ice Age: Continental Drift”, Scrat’s nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn, which he’s been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing consequences. It’s a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all for Manny, Diego and Sid (Romano, Leary & Leguizamo respectively). In the wake of these earth-shattering upheavals, Sid is separated from his family, and the gang encounters a ragtag menagerie of new characters in the form of wayward animal pirates determined to stop them from returning home.
While the latest “Ice Age” adventure from Blue Sky animation studios still has enough charm to delight the kids in the audience, the charm will have worn off for the adults since they have essentially bled the format dry for the characters. The script from Michael Berg and Jason Fuchs mines the same basic set up as the other films as a calamity forces them to band together in order to save their herd and/or get home, effective but dull. Directors Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier throw enough eye popping visuals on the screen to keep everyone interested and the intercutting of Scrat’s ever elusive quest for that forbidden acorn keeps us all engaged through the proceedings, but unfortunately this installment while executed doesn’t really bring anything new to the table, even with the new voices added to the fray there isn’t enough going on to elevate this above merely ‘OK’.
The primary voice cast of Romano, Leguizamo and Leary all know their roles like of the back of the proverbial paws and slip into the roles quite easily and the rest of the ever growing ensemble has enough all-star credentials to sink an Oscar telecast so there are no shortage of familiar voices but it all gets dull pretty quick even with the likes of Jennifer Lopez as Shira a rival and love interest for Diego and Peter Dinklage as the menacing Captain Gut. They’re all appropriately fun in their roles, but the overcrowded ensemble makes for a serious lack of character development from anyone leaning heavily on everything that was in the previous films.
Ultimately fun for the kids; “Ice Age: Continental Drift” has enough going for it to delight the young movie fans, but the adults and even the older kids who have grown up with the franchise might get more of a kick from the exclusive Maggie Simpson short film that plays before the feature.
3 out of 5 stars.
“Ice Age: Continental Drift” is playing at theatres all across the country as we speak; check your local listings for show times.
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