One again the happy herd of misfits return in Yet another Ice Age film. Looking back I remember seeing the first of these movies back when I was quite young, and while there are other franchises have been hit and miss, Ice Age has been constantly entertaining with each passing release. So after forming their herd, surviving the meltdown and defeating the dinosaurs all whilst successfully navigating the mammoth dating; marriage and pregnancy scene, we find our now familiar friends dealing if the next logical historical conundrum of the continental drift.
All of the favorites are back, plus Manny’s now teenage daughter Peaches and Sid’s grandmother, aptly named ‘Granny’, who is introduced in a brilliant rendition of the Beverly Hillbillies. And while we’re on the subject, these films have honestly gotten better the older I have got, there is such a smorgasbord of pop culture references that children will find entertaining while parents are left picking themselves off the floor in tears of laughter. The team of writers on these films have learnt the golden sweet spot between witty and slapstick humor, and they are getting better and better at it with each film. I would also like to give similar kudos to the animation team, after years of development in this field the style of the movies has never changed, they stuck to their guns and have simply polished their films more and more in every detail. And this is in step with my overall position on the film, its Ice Age! Only better than the last one, which was better than the one before that and so on and so forth.
Just a couple of highlights: Peter Dinkalage (one of my favorite actors) delivers a stella performance as the Monkey Pirate King; Sid, who is honestly one of the greatest comic relief characters in family movies ever, is superbly offset by Granny and all of those little heartwarming movements that make these movies a joy to watch.
So should you watch this film? Yes! Both of my kids gave it BIG thumbs up, and my wonderful wife recommends as there is more than enough to keep adults and children alike thoroughly entertained. And if you’ve never watch Ice Age, or if you never liked it then give it another go, and learnt to laugh a little at the stupid things in life that just might be the most important.