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Ice Age: Collision Course Movie Review

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In a week with movies that everyone will be able to head out and see, it’s time to hit the kids side of the spectrum with a review for Ice Age: Collision Course. So apparently this is the fifth Ice Age movie. Add that to the list of things Justin didn’t know yesterday. I wish my mom still asked me what I learned today, because that would be my answer. Though it has been a while since I have seen it, I remember really enjoying the first Ice Age, and I even remember liking the second film. Three and four are a total grey zone. I don’t think I saw them, and if I did, I sure as heck don’t remember them. I’m pretty sure Drake is a vocal actor in one of the movies, so there’s a little tidbit of information for everyone following popular music. Actually, both he and Nicki Minaj were in the cast. Unfortunately, I don’t remember a bit about that. I honestly thought that this was the fourth film, and I thought that I just missed one. turns out there is an entire ten-year gap of disfunction. Anyways, let’s get to business.

Ice Age: Collision Course is directed by Galen T. Chu and Mike Thurmeier and stars Ray Ramano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, and Keke Palmer. After Scrat’s acorn-chasing shenanigans sends a giant, flaming asteroid right for Earth, Manny, Sid, and Diego have to team up with their friends, former friends, and even enemies to reverse to asteroid. It’s not just an easy road to the end. Along the way there are problems with love, love, love, and love, and it makes for plenty of mayhem for our prehistoric friends.

I thought that this movie looked good. I thought it was really well-animated, and though it doesn’t give the realistic perspective that a movie produced by Pixar does, but it still looks really good for the Ice Age world, and it helps put the ice-cold environment in perspective. Also, I thought that the vocal cast was good for the most part. I thought that all of the leads were just as good as I remember them being in the previous Ice Age movies, and all of the big name actors like Ray Ramano, John Leguizamo, and Denis Leary. They all work really well for both their personality and character design. Finally, when the adult jokes are made, there are a couple that made me chuckle. Wanda Sykes had a few adult lines that made me chuckle, and those actually worked for me.

Let’s talk about the negatives, which is going to come out to a little bit longer list. First of all, this is nothing you haven’t seen before. It’s the same kind of elements between lines and character interactions. As I’ve said before and have said many, many times in the past, I can deal with things I have seen before if they are done in a way that feels fresh and new, and I can emotionally invest myself in the story. Example: Creed coming out thirty-nine years after Rocky. It has a few of the same elements, but it’s done in a fresh way with plenty of new emotionally compelling pieces of the puzzle placed together to make a movie I gave a 10/10. There is nothing in this movie I haven’t seen before, and it doesn’t feel fresh. Also, 98% of the comedy is written and designed for children. An acorn running over Scrat hasn’t made me laugh in twelve years. I don’t mean any hate to six-year olds. I was one, and most of the ones I meet are pretty cool, but the fact of the matter is, it takes much different things to make them laugh than to make me, an adult, laugh. I mean, how many times am I going to hear a character laugh at the word “duty” before that gets to be a thing that isn’t used in movies anymore? I’m forewarning you. That’s a joke in this movie. I didn’t have any fun with it, and it’s because this movie wasn’t made for adults. Look at movies like Big Hero 6, Inside Out, or even this year’s Finding Dory. They all have emotionally compelling elements and stories with adult comedy and child comedy. They have all found the perfect balance. This movie is extremely far to the left. I apologize if I just made that a political thing to you, but it’s totally not. I’m picturing a number line in my head with the little numbers at the bottom. That gives you an inside look on how my brain works. It’s a nightmare in there, and it’s mostly always asking for pizza, but when a moment like this comes up where I get to imagine a number line, I think it’s a pretty good way to imagine how the comedy works in this movie. I learned in statistics last year that this movie is skewed to the right.

Overall, I really had a hard time getting into this movie, emotionally, not literally. It has a lot of the same gags that so many movies have, and it’s not something you haven’t seen before in a million different sit-coms, movies, tv shows, radio shows, real life, books, magazines, CDs, books on tape, and whatever other medium you can think of. This movie definitely caters toward kids, and that is exactly why this movie is tough to get into and boring. Despite the solid animation and voice work, the story, writing, and character just doesn’t give me what I wanted out of this movie, and unless the word “duty” makes you laugh uncontrollably, this film probably doesn’t have much comedy that will get your sides hurting. I’m going to give Ice Age: Collision Course a 3/10.

Are you going to see Ice Age: Collision Course? If you are, comment down below and tell me! Also out this week are Lights Out and Star Trek Beyond, and reviews for both of those are either posted or coming this week! What will you be seeing in this next week of movies? Let me know down in the comments! All of that is coming, and as always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

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Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm