Business rating:0.5/5 stars
Star cast: Jason Lee, Justin Long, Amy Poehler, David Cross, Jenny Slate.
What’s Good: The engaging dialogues; the animation.
What’s Bad: The drama which dips post-interval; the abrupt climax.
Verdict: Alvin And The Chipmunks 3 is made for children. But it will not do good business in India as the characters are not popular here and the film has not been promoted well enough.
Loo break: A couple in the latter half.
Watch or Not?: Watch it only if your children insist. They may like it.
Regency Enterprises’ Alvin And The Chipmunks 3 is about a young man, Dave (Jason Lee), and his pet chipmunks – Alvin, Simon, Theodore, Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor. Dave loves the chipmunks and takes them on a cruise. Alvin, who is the most mischievous among them, irritates everyone on the ship with his naughty antics. The ship authorities warn Dave that any more trouble by Alvin or the other chipmunks would lead to adverse consequences.
Soon, all the chipmunks land into the sea because of Alvin’s mischief. Dave tries to save the chipmunks but fails. He then falls into the sea along with Ian (David Cross), Dave’s annoying former co-worker. While Dave sees no sign of the chipmunks in the sea, they somehow reach a faraway island. What happens next? Are the chipmunks able to survive on the island? Can Dave save himself? Do Dave and the chipmunks meet again? The rest of the film answers these questions.
Alvin And The Chipmunks 3 Review: Script Analysis
The story, based on the characters created by Ross Bagdasarian and Janice Karman, is wafer-thin. The screenplay (by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger), and the dialogues salvage the film to an extent and make it worth watching, especially for the kids, who may enjoy the antics of the chipmunks. The dialogues are witty and reflect emotions which the kids in the audience will relate to. But there’s little in the film for the grown-ups.
On the flip side, it is not easy to differentiate between the six chipmunks, which leads to a lot of confusion at times. Also, the drama becomes boring in the latter half when the chipmunks and Dave start looking for each other. The climax is abrupt and it disappoints.
Alvin And The Chipmunks 3 Review: Star Performances
Jason Lee lives the character of Dave and gives a very natural performance. David Cross is fine as Ian, while Jenny Slate does an average job as the girl who meets the chipmunks on the island.
Justin Long’s voice acting (as Alvin) is simply splendid. Amy Poehler makes the character of Eleanor memorable. Both these voice actors make their respective characters lively. Other voice actors lend good support.
Alvin And The Chipmunks 3 Review: Direction & Technical Aspects
Director Mike Mitchell does a good job. He maintains the pace of the narrative, that too, in the absence of a solid story. Thomas E. Ackerman’s cinematography is fine. The animation is well-executed and not over the top. The editing could have been crispier.
Alvin And The Chipmunks 3 Review: The Last Word
On the whole, Alvin And The Chipmunks 3 is for kids only. In the absence of a brand recall and good promotions in India, the film will do dismal business here.