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Alvins And The Chipmunks:Chipwrecked is a terrible movie,the three
Alvin And The Chipmunks movies aren't well received but to be honest I
enjoyed the first two,but this one is absolutely awful,in the first two
they sing a lot but at the right time,in this they just sing whenever
they feel like it,but the thing I hate most about this movie is the god
awful Zoe,played by Jenny Slatewho is just a stupid character,although
I do like The Chipmunks themselves,not so much for the Chipettes.
The Chipmunks,The Chippettes and Dave go on a cruise on there way to the international movie awards,but The Chipmunks and The Chippetes get stuck on an island (long story) and Dave separately gets stuck with Ian Hawke in a pellican suit.
For as long as the Chipmunks can be milked to draw in the holiday
crowds, the sequels will never stop. After all, the digital templates
are there and done up to be recycled countless of times, and the live
action characters just jolly well need not be there for things to work.
Pop hits between the films serve as the highlights for getting the
munked treatment, and while they do sound cute initially, eventually
this novelty will soon wear off. Director Mike Mitchell, who sounded
the death knell for Shrek with his Shrek Forever After, happened to do
the same for Alvin and the Chipmunks in coming up with something so
uninspired and clearly going through the motion.
The first film as expected is the origin film, followed by the sequel which is more or less a mirror image of the first, except with the trio from the opposite sex known as the Chippettes. In the third film, with everyone - Alvin (voiced by Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler), Theodore (Jesse McCartney), Brittany (Christina Applegate), Jeanette (Anna Faris) and Eleanor (Amy Poehler) - all living under the same roof as Dave (Jason Lee) their surrogate dad/manager, you'd expect that perhaps things can get a wee bit more cerebral, but alas all we're getting is a rehash of characterization not already seen in the films, and done countless of times in their animated series.
Alvin is still being Alvin, Simon needs to chill and Theodore just needs to be cute. So goes for the Chippettes with vain Brittany, introverted Jeanette and Eleanor just makes a lot of clothes and costumes in this one, since they're all stuck in an unnamed island (in Hawaii on location so it seems). What was to be a family cruise vacation turned out to be an abandoned island adventure, with Ian (David Cross) the chipmunks' ex-manager and one time music executive on board as well as the nasty opposition (too weak to be called a villain or the antagonist), and Zoe (Jenny Slate), a woman stuck in the island for close to a decade, and exhibiting the very same signs of loneliness that Tom Hanks' Chuck Noland did in Cast Away, except that she has more friends other than Wilson.
Centering around the chipmunks' fight for survival amongst themselves and with Zoe, as well as Simon and Alvin's temporal transformation in character - one being French (don't ask) and more carefree while the other getting all serious and responsible, the story plays out like an extended cartoon episode, with Dave and Ian on a quest to try and rescue their cash cows before something untoward get to happen to them, which in the story, is zilch given a low threat situation, most of the time. Nothing spectacular gets to happen in the film, and it runs like on a plateau without any highs or lows, and soon you'll feel you may be better off looking at caged animals in a zoo.
Which is a bit frustrating because the story's written by both Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, who were also responsible for what I felt were some of the more intelligent animated films in recent years with their Kung Fu Panda and its sequel, having the right elements balanced in terms of story, characters, comedy, action and entertainment for both the kids and accompanying adults alike, but this effort seemed to be written without much heart put into it to cater for the lowest common denominator, and it shows. Granted they also did stinkers like Monsters Vs Aliens, but when you set the bar higher, that's where you'll be benchmarked against, and that's where this proved to be a total Chip-Wreck.
Alvin and the Chipmunks : Chipwrecked (1:27, G) other: talking
animals, 3rd string, sequel
Aauuugggghhhh! Ack! Gack! Bork bork bork. Bllegegegghhhh! Ptui ptui ptui.
My brain, my brain! Make it stop. Make it go away. I'll never be able to unsee this. Oh, god, the nightmares for years to come.
ALLLVVIIINNNNN! No, no, no, no, no, no. It was never funny. It was never endearing. It was never cute. It was just awful and horrible and beaten to death over and over and yet it keeps coming back like a vampire with 98 stakes in its heart.
I think my ears are bleeding.
My mind is going, Dave. I can feel it. I can feel it.
The horror. The horror.
BONUS: The main excrescence is preceded by a Blue Sky short animated feature with Scrat, the acorn-crazed squirrel from the Ice Age films. It was abrupt and pointless and about 100 times more admission-worthy than the title printed on the ticket.
You don't change the formula, not when it is one that has worked to
amass a cool US$400mil worldwide per picture. So despite boasting a new
director in the form of 'Sky High' and 'Shrek Forever After's' Mike
Mitchell, this third live-action adaptation of the classic animated TV
series is surprisingly alike to the earlier two instalments. That's
going to be good news for those who loved both the first 'Alvin and the
Chipmunks' as well as the 'Squeakquel'- but for those hoping that this
third outing will finally have the charm that eluded the first two,
we'd like to warn you to be disappointed.
Penned once again by the duo of Johnathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, the 'Chipwrecked' adventure uses yet another paper-thin plot to string together the hi-jinks of the singing and dancing Chipmunk trio as well as their female Chipette equivalents. Here, Alvin's mischief while vacationing on a cruise with their kind beleaguered owner Dave (Jason Lee) leaves the Chipmunks and the Chipettes stranded on a desert island with a volcano that's about to blow its top. Oh and did we mention Alvin's hand-gliding stunt also lands both Dave and their arch-nemesis from before, Ivan (David Cross), overboard and washed up on the same, albeit different corner of the, island?
It's no secret how- let alone if- the Chipmunks and Chipettes manage to make it off the island alive, and not even the addition of a new character, Zoe (Jenny Slate), whom Aibel and Berger unabashedly models after Tom Hanks' FedEx employee in Castaway, adds much life to what is really an awfully predictable plot. Admittedly, none of the Chipmunk movies have had much story, and to expect better from 'Chipwrecked' would therefore be a tall order. Like the previous instalments therefore, this one is simply content to coast on the 'aw-shucks' cute charms of the chipmunks.
Indeed, each Chipmunk seems to be calculated to appeal to a certain demographic- whether the playful leader Alvin, the responsible brainiac Simon, or the adorably naïve Theodore, as well as the corresponding Chipettes Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor. Their incessant high-pitched bantering and bickering that unfolds at a lightning pace is still clearly the highlight of the show, not forgetting of course their regular song and dance numbers set to some of the contemporary chart- topping pop tunes like Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance', Willow Smith's 'Whip My Hair' and Destiny Child's 'Survivor'.
Like we said, it's worked before- like a charm, if we may add- with family audiences, so expect more of the same this time round. A midway twist where Simon starts assuming an alter-ego in the form of Frenchman Simone after getting bitten by a poisonous spider tries to inject some novelty into the Chipmunks' routine, but the initial appeal of watching the usually rational Simon turn debonair and somewhat impetuous quickly wears out its welcome. Faring slightly better is the budding attraction between Simon and Jeanette, manufactured nonetheless to elicit maximum geek appeal.
Speaking of geek, those who loved 'My Name is Earl' may be dismayed to find that Jason Lee plays again the lead human character in the movie- and while the talented Jason looks like he could easily sleepwalk through the role, he does succeed in drawing out more than a few laughs in between his repartee with David Cross. Mitchell however displays little of the flair he exhibited in the superhero surprise 'Sky High' and his work here is as nondescript as his earlier in 'Shrek Forever After'.
Of course, the fault isn't entirely Mitchell's- after all, the template for the 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' live-action films have been pretty much fixed in stone after the resounding success of the first two movies. This three-quel is made only for those who have enjoyed both its predecessors, since ultimately it rehashes the same singing and dancing Chipmunk formula. Nevertheless, it's fast becoming a foolish consistency, and the likely fourth entry better not just be simply another Chip off the old block.
I remember when I was a kid and this was popular. I guess all things
are new again. This is the third of the Alvin movies that have been
made. It's a blend of live action and computer animation. The story is
cute and will engage kids of 5 and younger but I did not think it
needed to be on the big screen. This was a movie that was fine on a
straight to DVD release. A mix of pop music and funny life lessons
about family that only rates a yellow light.
Alvin and his friends are going on a cruise to attend an international award show. They get into typical Chipmunk shenanigans on the cruse and in a series of events they get swept off the ship and land on an island. Dave (Jason Lee) and his arch nemesis, and previous Chipmunk manager, Ian (David Cross) inadvertently join forces to rescue them.
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I sort of enjoyed the previous two movies, they were not great movies
but I found them quite cute. I wish I could say the same for this
latest instalment, but I can't. It does have its moments, Jason Lee and
David Cross are decent and have some entertaining exchanges. The film
apart from some slapdash editing does look reasonable with the
chipmunks looking serviceable and the scenery beautiful.
Best of all is Theodore, he always was adorable and made you want to cuddle him and here is no exception.
On the other hand, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked feels rather lacklustre this time around. The pop songs was a bonus in both of the previous two movies, here they sound really tired with generic melodies and forgettable lyrics. The vocals themselves are okay, not too annoying considering the tone, but again nothing out of the ordinary. The messages about family ties and responsibilities are important ones but they seem rather forced here.
The script generally was weak, there was very little that was fresh or funny for me apart from the exchanges between Cross and Lee, and there are some lines that have been covered in previous reviews that really don't belong in a family movie. The story like the previous two is predictable, except this time around it is not as charming or exciting.
I didn't care for the characters, excepting cute little Theodore. Zoe the eccentric castaway is more annoying than endearing, and something about Alvin rubbed me up the wrong way, he came across as too much of a jerk in some scenes. The acting/voice work is mixed, I liked Cross, Lee and Jesse McCartney, and Justin Long and Matthew Gray Gubler are alright I guess even with the bad material, but Jenny Slate didn't raise a single smile and the rest ranged from adequate to bland.
All in all, not as tortuously bad as some have said, but it wasn't anything special to me. By all means I understand why some may like it, but it just wasn't my cup of tea. 4/10 Bethany Cox
"Alvin and the Chipmunks" is a franchise that's been getting much
popularity with many kids of passing generations. The film series,
based on the 80's to 90's cartoon, based on the 50's album, tells the
story of the relationship of Dave Sullivan taking care of 3 chipmunks
who become rock stars, and it's been told as it's been. The film series
is something that most people find to be anything, but masterpiece
With the first film, it was a decent film that introduced the new generation to Alvin, Simon and Theodore, on how they met Dave Suvil, played by Jason Lee, but didn't do as good as was expected. The film, however, was far from terrible, so it was something one could watch and enjoy from time to time. The second film however, didn't do as well as the first. It felt too much like the first film, with David Cross being the film's antagonist again, and repeating some of the same jokes. With the new film, only four words would describe it.
It's not the 'Squekquel'.
The new film does try to work in a new kind of concept and bring something new into it, but mostly falls flat due to most clichés. This is the only movie where David Cross isn't the villain and it doesn't involve any of the chipmunks or chipettes in cages. I do give credit for trying, but it's not enough to say that it's as good as the original. I'm not saying that it's TERRIBLE or anything, but it's not good either. Some of the jokes in the beginning along with some scenes with David Cross are what I seemed to have laughed. The pop-culture references and songs sung in the film are sort of recognizable, but some aren't ones that I'm not very fond of.
Another thing that is kind of upsetting is the cast of characters. If they're going to alter the voices anyway, then they could've just gotten some new actors to do it anyway. But then again, some people are desperate for work and will do anything for a paycheck. Would I say it's bad? Mostly, but it has it's moments sometimes. Would I pay tickets for this in the theater? Technically, I did, but for others, I'd wait to rent it.
What will they think of next... Alvin and The Chipmunks: In Space?
Somehow I wouldn't be surprised... I thought the first movie was really
cute, and the second movie sucked major donkey balls. What about this
one? It wasn't as bad as the second sequel, but it wasn't very good.
The chipmunks are very obnoxious in this one, and lack the innocence
that they had in the first two. It does have a couple of funny moments
near the end, but that's really about it. Jason Lee's role is reduced
significantly here. He wasn't that big of a focus in the second one
either, and that trend continues here. His interactions & chemistry
with the Chipmunks is what made the first movie so enjoyable. It just
fell flat in this one. David Cross returns and his menacing act has
gotten extremely stale. The Chipettes are more tolerable than the
chipmunks in this one believe it or not. Spending 90 minutes with these
guys has gotten to be rather tiresome
Final Thoughts: Better than the second one, but that isn't saying much. It's a mediocre film. Time to put the kibosh on this series
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You know, sometimes movies have to be super brutally and insanely
awesome to surpass my expectations. But this deep bull-crap of a movie
did not pass even the slightest of my hopes. The first was OK, the
second one was boring and this one? Yeah, Chip-Wrecked plot, horrible
dialog and nothing was funny.
I just thought it would be good, because it was in jungles and forests and there was volcano exploding...yeah, that was nice, but this? A psychopathically boring movie?! You know how many times I exited the room and used "Im going to the bathroom" as an excuse to not see it anymore? Minimumly, 4 times.
Seriously...AWFUL. The kids will enjoy it a lot, but teens like me? Hehe, I don't think so. This series just keep getting worse every time.
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I grew up watching the Chipmunks on TV and I hoped that it would have made me feel a little nostalgic watching this film and I did. This is our third go around with those lovable little rodents and I enjoyed it. It warmed my heart that I saw so many parents and their kids watching at the movies today because there is an important message in the film for kids. Alvin causes all kinds of mischief at the beginning and when Simon gets bit by the spider and undergoes that drastic personality change, Alvin has to take charge and get them off the island. I think that is a great message for kids that parents should discuss after they watch the film. I wanted to take the filmmakers to task on one point for their lack of originality. That flaky girl on the island is an obvious rip off of Tom Hanks in Cast Away.
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