Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (U)
Directed by: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier
Starring: Ray Romano, Denis Leary and John Leguizamo
Running Time: 94mins
Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure 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.
With the fourth instalment of the Ice Age movies, we’re on really safe territory. You know exactly what you’re going to get – the story will alter and the situations will vary, but the humour, relationships and ultimate outcome are a comfort zone. I don’t mean this as a negative, it’s actually really, really sweet.
When the movie opens, things are pretty comfortable, Manny (Romano) is concerned that his now teenage mammoth daughter Peaches (Keke Palmer) is growing up too fast – she’s talking to boys and hanging out at places her dad doesn’t agree with. And when he catches her in a seemingly romantic encounter an argument ensues… just as the great continental drift begins, yes, the one that formed the world we now know it (took a mere fifteen minutes, didn’t you know) and Manny, Diego (Leary)and Sid (Leguizamo)are once again in an epic adventure… this time on a mission to get back to Manny’s family.
Along the way they cross paths with a pirate called Guts played by the great Peter Dinklage, who sadly brings nothing new to the piece. Yes, he’s good and the performance is solid but in the grand scheme of these movies he’ll just be another character.
And sadly this is part of the problem. The movie, while fun and well handled, is nothing at all new – much like the other three. Can you remember what the situation was in the others or if there were villains or who they were? No, truth be told, neither can I.
This is a shame because, no matter how good the production – and it is good – it will remain little more than a fun distraction, a comfort food of sorts. And I guess we need movies like this.
So, while you will enjoy it and you will laugh and be impressed by the graphics and 3D, you’ll leave no better or worse off than when you went in. So ultimately, a fun distraction that does nothing wrong, but will never be more than the some of its parts.
Go, see, enjoy and be comfortable in the warm embrace of an old CGI buddy…