JT Film Review

22 – Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs REVIEW

3/5 stars

Director – Carlos Saldanha, Mike Thurmeier

Cast – Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Simon Pegg

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— follows Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

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iceage3Animated movies usually try to entertain both the kids and adults, the reasoning being that adults will be more likely to take their kids to a movie if they think they themselves will like it. This movie is no exception, except where studios like Pixar do it with smart writing and good storylines, this movie tries to do it with sex jokes and innuendo. And while most of the jokes are pretty funny, I found myself taken out of the movie whenever I heard a comment like “I knew that butterfly ages ago when he was a caterpillar. You know, before he came out.” It was a little too much I found.

Another problem is the story, which is pretty bland. In fact, it’d be hard to find a more generic one. However, it does give the movie a chance to show off some pretty impressive visuals and action sequences, all in a nice family-friendly, Disney channel sort of way.

The comedy is what saved this movie from being pure crap however. I laughed many times, and I laughed fairly loudly. Simon Pegg makes an appearance as Buck, a heroic/crazy Cockney weasel. Both his character and the little scenes involving Scrat the Squirrel (now joined by a love interest/sparring partner Scratte) are for the most part both clever and hilarious, making them the highlights of the movie.

iceage3-2The animation itself is done reasonably well. At times in the beginning the trees, snow and hills look almost Dr. Suess-like, and add to the playful feel of the movie. Science is, of course, fully ignored, as it should be in these types of movies. Anyone nitpicking about that probably shouldn’t be watching the movie in the first place.

OVERALL

If you’re looking for a nice family friendly movie to bring your kids to, you could certainly do worse. However, you could also do quite a bit better. Being funny but very generic, this isn’t quite forgettable, but almost. See it if you have to, I guess. Don’t expect too much though.

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TRAILER

“Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” on other websites:

IMDB —– Rotten Tomatoes —– Wikipedia

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July 7, 2009 - Posted by | 3 Stars, Film Review, Genre - Family, Year - 2000-2009 | , , , ,

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