Rating: 2.5/5 Stars (Two and half stars)
Star Cast: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Simon Pegg, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah
Director: Mike Thurmeier
What’s Good: Humor and characters of the franchise that have now become favorites over the years, keep you hooked to this film.
What’s Bad: With a predictable storyline, the film drags in parts leaving the adult viewers bored.
Loo Break: Can use one!
Watch or Not?: Ice Age Collision Course is a sure-shot entertainer for kids but to adults, the fifth installment from the franchise may not appeal as much.
It’s apocalypse time for the pre-historic gang as they learn about a giant meteor all set to hit the earth, thus causing their extinction.
This meteor is a result of Scrat’s activities who accidentally sets things in motion.
In the meanwhile, while the herd is unaware of the upcoming disaster, Sid is dumped by his girlfriend Francine before he proposes to her.
Buck on the other hand finds a stone that is like a prophecy, mentioning the arrival of doomsday.
With all that’s happening, can Buck, Sid, Manny and Diego avert the calamity that reckons.
Ice Age: Collision Course Review: Script Analysis
Ice Age Collision Course being the fifth film in the Ice Age franchise, one has to say that over the years the films have not been able to maintain their appeal.
Touted to be the last film of the franchise, the film surely does exceed its low expectations. Buck’s character gets to be the protagonist as he leads the team to save the world. A plethora of new characters have been introduced in the story and that slightly sidetracks you from the lead ones. Mainly, the story moves away from its main plot thanks to Manny’s sub-plot.
The writers try to maintain a good amount of balance between humor and drama. Of course, not always successful as Sid’s silliness in certain sections falls flat. His love story with Brooke, a new character is quite boring.
Also, the minor antagonists, the trio of flying dinosaurs are extremely disappointing.
Another thing that ticks is the character of Shangti Llama. With so much promised in the promo, the character’s limited screen time and poorly written lines fail to make the necessary impact.
Overall, the first Ice Age film that struck a chord with its emotional connect, matures with its fifth installment as the new film deals with varied themes. Trust and the need to letting go off things with time is what the film preaches on the way.
Ice Age: Collision Course Review: Star Performance
Simon Pegg as Buck, Denis Leary as Diego, John Leguizamo as Sid and Ray Romano as Manny are the leads and shine with their voiceovers.
Adam Devine as Julian, Peache’s fiancé does a great job.
Queen Latifah returns as Ellie and is extraordinary as always.
Ice Age: Collision Course Review: Direction, Music
Naturally, since the first Ice Age film that was released in 2002, the franchise has come a song way. The animation quality in the latest film is certainly way superior than what we have seen in the previous films. Certain scenes stand out such as the ones with Buck’s entry.
Directed by Mike Thurmeier and Galen T Chu, the film’s thin storyline is a definite concern for adults watching this film. It slogs post interval and suddenly one even feels like the voice actors are drained down within the five films forced under the franchise.
New characters seem cumbersome and further aggravate the audience’s irritation.
Ice Age: Collision Course Review: The Last Word
For the younger lot, it could be a fun movie outing but those accompanying their kids, may find themselves bored in parts. A 2.5 for this partial entertainer!
Ice Age: Collision Course Trailer
Ice Age: Collision Course releases on 15th July, 2016.
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