Today my daughter, my boyfriend and I took a family trip to the cinema to see the latest addition to the Ice Age series. I’m very familiar with the first of the series, can’t remember if I’ve seen the second or not, and have had the third on the telly in the background while I’m not taking much notice God knows how many times, so I’m no expert on the history of the series or the character development or anything like that.
If I’m completely honest, I was apprehensive from the start, as I think that they’re overdoing it with all the sequels; if a film doesn’t need it, leave it as it is! But anyway, I did try my best to go in with an open mind, and here’s what I thought.
It all felt so OTT! Within the first five or ten minutes, we had a rebellious teenage mammoth wanting to date boys, a male molehog who’s secretly in love with his female best friend (again, the mammoth), an abandoned and senile granny sloth, the splitting of the continents, and a family separation. It was a lot to digest for me, let alone my three-year-old daughter! Although, to be fair, she seemed more interested in the animation and funny voices than anything.
However, once all the drama at the beginning had passed, the pace started to slow down and we were able to focus on one storyline at a time. The pirates were great, and the use of ice for the pirate ship was genius. For me, they were the highlight of the film. There was a particularly good battle scene, although I won’t go into details as I don’t want to spoil the film for any of you wanting to watch it!
After that, it all died down again. So much so that my daughter started shouting “I want to go hoooome! Let’s go hooooome!” So that’s exactly what we did! Therefore I can’t give a very detailed review, as I didn’t see the whole thing! From what I did see, it wasn’t great. The animation was good, as were some of the characters and the series’ famous use of Scrat’s parallel storylines. But the general business of the film made it feel rushed and far too difficult to get absorbed into the story, no matter what your age. Might be fun for little boys who are in to pirates. or older kids who might understand some of the jokes, but for me and my family, it was a total snore. I’d give it 2/5.