Ten years ago, a decade ago, one movie came out that kids loved to death. It was an adventure movie that has since spawned off three more films in the series. It is “Ice Age“. This series has since gone on to create such movies as “Ice Age: The Meltdown“, “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” and finally “Ice Age: Continental Drift“.
As the continents begin to shift, we are brought up to speed on all of the character’s lives thus far. Manny’s (Ray Romano) daughter Peaches (Keke Palmer) is growing up, and having a growing fascination with other boy mammoths, and Sid’s grandmother (Wanda Sykes) is in town. Because that pesky Scrat continues to screw things up for the gang, he set in motion the continental drift. The gang is separated, and travelling on a rather small block of ice as a raft, they must find a way to return to their families. While on the ocean floor, the boys are kidnapped by ruthless pirates who spare their lives in return to serve Captain Gutt. When Manny and the boys take over their ship, it is a cat and mouse trip to find their families and escape from the ruthless pirates.
This film has an overall strong plot. It has everything needed in order to move a movie along further. It had the overall goal, it had plenty of obstacles, and it had funny side characters and villains, and of course it had a clear main villain. The problem with it, is that the most memorable thing about the movie was that it was about the continental drift, and give or take, it was a pirate movie. The characters of Manny, Sid, and Diego have been done so many times, that their level of memorable moments and overall character is quite diminished.
The characters introduced in prior films such as Manny’s wife Elli, and the twins from the last film had a role in this movie, but not as much as you might think. The entire focus of the movie was on the main characters from the first movie, which respectfully is different than its sequels…for the most part. While it had that regular plot, it still had some issues that came along with it.
The visuals were on par with every other rendition of the series, but since this film was released in 3D, there were obvious moments where the film tried to maximize its entertainment level by popping things out at an audience. If someone isn’t watching it in 3D, they shouldn’t be able to clearly tell when an attempt like that occurs. Typically, that is found to be unprofessional. Also, having been the fourth film in the series, it is also be the fourth time we are introduced to new characters. That would be fine for the characters in one movie, but each one has had a habit of adding characters to the herd, giving the audience the responsibility of keeping track of every new character, and remembering them for the next movie…it does get old. If they were to make a sequel, how many people would really want to see all of the added characters? The answer to that is probably not much. However, how many more times can they do the historically inaccurate thing before running out of ideas before the characters die or grow extinct?
Bottom line is his movie, for the most part, is forgettable. There are some moments that you’ll be able to remember for a while, like the general idea of the movie, but is it really necessary to add to your collection of movies at home? I wouldn’t say so. The only reason to purchase this film, is for a one-time viewing, and then use it for decorative purposes. If you have all of the other movies, you clearly love he series, and you should indeed purchase this film, as it fits right in with the rest. For those of you that aren’t young or die hard fans of the series, skip it.
“Ice Age: Continental Drift” comes to Blu-Ray and DVD on Dec. 11!