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82 out of 112 people found the following review useful:
Sometimes hilarious yet disappointing ..., 26 June 2012
Author: Sarah K from Belgium
For years I have been a huge fan of the Ice Age series and had been
expecting this new movie for months! Needless to say I was counting the
days until the release of the movie and the hilarious teasers were
really making the waiting difficult ...
I saw it tonight and have to admit that I feel really disappointed ... Was I expecting too much ? We were a group of young adults who grew up with the movies, or at least liked them a lot and we felt let down. The storyline feels a little weak, I thought there would be a lot of adventure and action, as in the 3 previous ones where you don't see how time flies ... This one, if not boring, is too simple, not to mention incredibly predictable. There is no twists and turns. When you think about the first episode, yes, you realize how poor the scenario is in this new one.
I admit there's been a real effort to create an original story that might bring the characters in another world and make them live another adventure, different from the previous ones. I think this part is a total failure. Not to mention the "song" they put in the movie, it was nothing but ridiculous and irrelevant, especially for a movie series as famous as Ice Age. I thought it was unnecessary.
But since I laughed a few times and feel really bad about writing such a "negative" review, I have to admit that some of the scenes were absolutely hilarious and the characters have been kept as funny as they used to be, especially Sid (and his incredible grandmother). It's just a pity that the funny parts are so negligible ... You smile a lot, you laugh sometimes, but certainly not during the whole movie.
Maybe I am too old to appreciate this movie as I should have, as I'm sure the kids will love it and the movie will have a lot of success this summer. I don't wish it the contrary, I just watched it with my not-so-kid-anymore-but-very-nostalgic-eyes and went out of the theater with the feeling that something from before was clearly missing ...
49 out of 74 people found the following review useful:
Wanted to enjoy it, left much to be desired..., 12 July 2012
Author: Jesse Ung from New Zealand
I personally love the 'Ice Age" franchise, I really do. The first three
films are among my most favorite animated flicks of all time, and yet
this fourth film is not only a mediocre disappointment, but also really
feels like a puzzle with pieces that never really fit together.
In a nutshell, the films involves the cataclysmic events of continents breaking apart, henceforth separating Manny, Sid and Diego from their herd, encounter pirates, then make it back home. Simply put, the plot itself is much simpler than it sounds, and can be easily told in a 20 minute television special. However, as with all the Ice Age films, the animation doesn't fail to impress. The visuals are astounding and are quite a sight in 3D.
Unfortunately, however, Ice Age 4: Continental Drift lacks any of the substance or joy from the first three films. While it's slapstick and humor will indefinitely satisfy youngsters (I'm 14 and particularly enjoyed Wanda Sykes' character), grown ups are more likely to succumb to boredom, and drift off into slumber halfway into the picture. Yet another unfortunate aspect is the voice acting. The cast seem to lack any noticeable energy to keep the film going; at times it just feels like a ploy to get as many famous celebs into the film as possible; and do not benefit from the equally lazily, cliché-ridden written dialog.
Ice Age 4 isn't necessarily a bad film. Will small children be entertained by it? Yes. Will they want to watch it over and over again on DVD? Probably. Does that make it any better? Nope. It is merely a mediocre animated family film, that really just lacks the energy, fun and ridiculousness of the first three films. Above all else, and one thing I was hoping would not happen, Ice Age 4 really does make the argument clear that the franchise has finally run it's course. Whether you will enjoy it I do not know; I cannot speak for everyone; but with animated films such as Brave and Madagascar having been released recently, Ice Age 4 really shouldn't be your first choice for animated entertainment.
39 out of 58 people found the following review useful:
I enjoyed it, 24 June 2012
Author: quinnaj from Australia
Attended a packed preview screening yesterday (the film opens here next Thursday)with my wife and 6 year old daughter and must say that if you liked the previous Ice Ages then this one will not disappoint. Kids loved it and plenty there for the adults to relate to and enjoy as well. Animation quality(in 2D)was top notch and story line was good and with plenty of humour and action a plenty. A few of the subplots were educational as well as exploring the values of friendship,loyalty and the like which is probably standard fare for these types of films. As a 47 year old bloke I enjoyed it and would not hesitate in recommending it to anyone but especially for the target audience of young families you can't go wrong.
26 out of 33 people found the following review useful:
Ice Age 1-2-3 were better......Number 4.... yikes!, 15 July 2012
Author: me31212644 from United States
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It still feels like yesterday when i saw the first Ice Age in theaters,
at first i thought it was just a typical kids movie made to entertain
kids only leaving adults bored. But after watching the movie, i laughed
so hard my blood pressure rose and i just fell in love with the series
throughout my childhood! Anytime a new Ice Age was released in
theaters, we had to watch it first before any other movie. No matter
what was in the film i have always givin a 10/10 for the funny moments.
When Ice age 3 came around, i thought it was going to be the best and the last .. well it was very very good but it wasn't the last. I thought it was the last film because how Buck chose to stay below :( and Scrats new girlfriend Scratte stayed below ground too and how the ending credits was set up.
And now.... here comes Ice Age 4, yay!... not. Anyhoo, i went and saw ice age 4 today getting excited and all. What a drag it was, If you remember watching ice age 1-2-3 and loved how the herd was still the same as they were just the fantastic trio. Well, in number 4, it doesn't seem like an Ice Age to me because of the too many new characters and the unnecessary teenage drama with Ethan, Steffie, and Peaches. It was cool how they added pirates and a girl for Diego (it was about time for that) but the character development was bad.
Remember Crash and Eddie? they was only shown in four scenes out of the whole movie. Ellie wasn't in it much either, nor was Shira! I mainly blame this movie because of the horrible teenage drama, lack of character development, too many unnecessary new characters, and last but not least, drama queens the horrible trios (steffie, Ethan, Megan) being part of the herd instead of the good ones like Buck, Fast Tony, Scratte, and the baby, the classic ones that deserved to be. Not these screw ups.
I feel terrible that this is the first time i gave Ice Age a negative review, but to me, it was the truth. This movie was the worst of the bunch.
Hopefully Ice Age 5 will be better. I hope they bring back all of our favorite characters from the past that we've come to love during the first three adventures, but it seems that the new horrible trios are going to reappear once again to ruin it.(you know who im talking about)
34 out of 53 people found the following review useful:
Should have stopped at 3, 15 July 2012
Author: Catt Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) from TX, United States
Question: How many top entertainers does it take to make an animated film? Answer: Apparently a whole slew of them. I guess the directors of this film thought that the more celebrities, the better the film would be. Not!! But I guess it did make for a pretty decent paycheck. Compared to other animated films of the summer, this one lacks in originality and freshness. I think the lessons that were trying to be conveyed in this film was a little too complicated for the very young crowd that was in the theater with me. The parts of the film that got the most laughs were every time the spotlight was put on Scrat (Chris Wedge). Even in the Ice Age predecessors, he was always the funniest. Maybe it is time for Scrat to get his own film. The young audience did not need dialog they just wanted to laugh. The other character that drew a lot of giggles was Sid (John Leguizamo). Sid along with Granny (Wanda Sykes) was a comedic match made in heaven. I saw an interview that Wanda did and initially she wanted to change her voice to sound older, but the director told her that her voice was perfect for the part. I think that she got a chuckle out of that. I do want to mention Peter Dinklage (Captain Gutt). He seems to be getting a lot of attention since he won a SAG and an Oscar for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. I have to say that by the end of the film I grew a little weary of Captain Gutt. He was really starting to get on my last nerve. Peaches (Keke Palmer) was a typical teenager that had to deal with peer pressure, parental rules and misguided decision making. The hate/love relationship that built between Diego (Denis Leary) and Shira (Jennifer Lopez) did manage to give the film a little extra punch, but not much. The film wasn't all bad. There were a few laughs; however this franchise has been saturated. I definitely think that it is time to put this one to bed. I think that very young viewers will appreciate the animation and maybe pre-teens will get the message, but this film was not designed to do both. All that being said, I am going to have to give this film a mammoth amber light.
20 out of 27 people found the following review useful:
it was fun, but not the best of the series, 6 July 2012
Author: lagudafuad from Nigeria
Ice Age: Continental Drift is funny, and i had fun watching it and
looked forward to seeing what this weird herd is up to now.
It is the fourth installment of the Ice Age series and the seventh CG production of Blue Sky Studios and the first sequel not to be directed by Carlos Saldanha who will be directing RIO part 2.
What I love must about this flick is the introduction of a partner for Diego; a white tiger lady is added ladies and gentlemen. The movie also has the whole fun of the old clichés, which I seem not to be tired of seeing. It also showcases cool CG effect; I loved the water effect most.
The plot was educational (as long as you know it is bogus) due to Scrat's (Squirrel) hunt for acorns he triggers the break-up of the world continent into the continents as we know them today, which cause Manny to lose his family.
Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure to find his family, after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world, and learn why it is good to be part of a family herd, than being part of a group where one person leads and other follow.
Well, the new directors weren't that bad, as the movie did have some fun screenplays and events that you will be thrilled to see. As we watch this creatures move from the Ice Age to the present age the pictures tell stories that are kinda informative and entertaining.
Hey! I must have missed that geography class when they taught that Scrat the squirrel created the whole world.
Although this is not the best addition to the Ice Age series it was fun to watch. And the movie kinda opens doors to new additional sequels.
But I hope Blue Sky won't bother making any more.
25 out of 37 people found the following review useful:
Fun for the whole family., 1 July 2012
Author: Troy_Campbell from Sydney, Australia
Although not regarded in the same league as the Pixar and Disney output, the initial three Ice Age instalments collected over $2bn at the worldwide box office. (Rather surprisingly, that's $100m more than the Toy Story trilogy earned.) Posting figures as huge as that means we get treated to another adventure with mammoth Manny (Ray Romano), sabre-tooth tiger Diego (Denis Leary) and silly sloth Sid (John Leguizamo); this time with pirates. Like each episode before it, Ice Age 4 prides itself in offering up goofy laughs and goofier characters, with the ragtag bunch of pirates led by Peter Dinklage's droll Captain Gutt and assisted by Nick Frost's uproarious elephant seal Flynn the source of much joy. The old gang don't dissatisfy either: Sid is the standout as usual but Diego gets more laughs than normal and Scrat's little journey is ever-amusing. The serious Manny is still, well, the serious Manny, but you can't win them all. The bucket load of action remains too, however nothing here tops the dinosaur rumbling in part three. Continental Drift is gratifying escapism for the whole family that, despite being the fourth outing for these prehistoric creatures, shows few signs of letting up.
44 out of 77 people found the following review useful:
Keeps the series going strong!, 24 June 2012
Author: DJKwa from Australia
Fantastic film! As a fan of the series, i was a bit skeptical that they
were taking it too far however, if this film is any indication, the
series is as strong as ever! You feel comfortable returning to the
characters for another adventure and i don't see fans of the series
being disappointed. The film is fast and fun and carries excellent
messages of the importance of family and the importance of being
yourself. A bunch of new characters freshen up the film, with a band of
pirates, including a love interest for Diego and Sid is accompanied by
his grandmother who is humorously oblivious to the dangerous situations
the characters get into. Scrat also gets plenty of time chasing his
elusive acorn, with the footage that was released as part of
advertisements (Scrat's Continental Crack-Up)comprising in the film.
However, there is also a hilarious scene at the end where he finally
reaches the treasure island that the map on the acorn (seen in the
advertisements) leads to.
A great, fun, family film that boasts crisp and detailed animation that actually makes great use of 3D. Definitely recommended!
*The short film that precedes the film, 'The Longest Daycare'- a Simpsons short, is a pleasant addition to the main film. It is a silent short that features Maggie Simpson and Baby Gerald, where Maggie tries to save a butterfly from the daycare from the clutches of the baby. It is clever and fun and it is great to see more films having original shorts like Pixar's fantastic ones.
25 out of 43 people found the following review useful:
Just plain irritating compared to first three, 14 July 2012
Author: snavstuff2 from United States
This is in no way like the other three Ice Age movies. It is just plain
irritating from beginning to end. The voices of Wanda Sykes, Queen
Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, and Nicki Minaj are like fingernails on a
chalkboard from beginning to end, and every crowd scene is made to
sound like a ghetto basketball game. I guess they're trying to appeal
to "minority" audiences...
Throw in a stupid take-off of Pirates of Penzance, a bored performance by the main characters (although they made Peter Dinklage into a manic monkey), and you get a stew of pain. I guess they decided it's time for minority voices to drown out the white males, and this is the stupidity they come up with. Blecch.
The only good thing about the movie is Scrat, but even that comes out being relatively stupid. The animal goes to the core of the earth, runs back and forth and makes the earth crack up. Riggghhhtttt.
13 out of 20 people found the following review useful:
What were they thinking??? only if they were thinking, 13 July 2012
Author: TGblight (TGblight@hotmail.com) from Mexico
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OMG what did i saw???, this was a terrible movie, it has the most stupid idea for an ice age movie ever i mean just think about it for a second, if i say "hey lets see the new ice age movie" ¿what is the first thing that you think of?.....well if your answer was not pirates,teen mammoths, terrible jokes (not that the other ones form before were good), a pointless story and horrible new characters then this is not the movie for you, i mean it when i say "STAY AWAY FROM IT" don't see it if you have children take them to other place or other movie but please don't see this one, just a little example of how bad it is imagine the kind of things you do to make a baby laugh mixed with stupid teen jokes mixed with terrible pirate jokes the result is this horrible movie i gave it one star just to let you know how much i hated it and not just me, everyone in the theater was complaining about it but it deserves less than that
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