Thursday, February 14, 2013

One Minute Movie Review: Ice Age: Continental Drift

I am going to go right to the point on this one; to put it succinctly and profoundly, this is a cute movie.  Why, again, it took two directors to bring it to life, perplexes me, but, Steve Martino, director of Horton Hears a Who, and Mike Thurmeier conclude this franchise in a family friendly and mildly entertaining way.  At least I hope it is the conclusion.  With an overflowing talent pool, swimming with the acting and voice talents of such thespian greats as Nicki Minaj and Joy Behar, the casting seems a bit overkill for an extremely simple plot and individually short screen time.  I am sure their salaries didn't reflect that though.  The core cast, Romano, Leguizamo  and Leary do an OK job of keeping the comradely alive, but the “beat the dead horse factor” is definitively there.  The animation is excellent, the humor is not, but it's a kids’ film so anyone under that age of 8 might be amused.  It pales in comparison to the original, and all the depth and humanity have been replaced with sitcom like heart string grabs.  It’s a safe bet for the kiddies, just make sure any adults have their Iphones or Androids handy to get you through the bulk.  If you’re looking for a time killing app.,   I highly recommend Where's my Water.  2 out of 5 Kernels; not horrible, but is that actually a compliment.  

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