Genre: Adventure comedy
Runtime: 94 minutes
Main cast: Ray Romano
Production company:Blue Sky Studios
20th Century Fox Animation
Written by: Michael J. Wilson
Directed by: Mike Thurmeier
Galen T. Chu
Written by Nelson Cumming
Ice Age: Collision Course is the fifth movie in the Ice Age franchise. It is also a blip in the time pool of cinematic history. There is nothing wrong with Ice Age: Collision Course but the franchise has merely become a cash cow to bring in a steady stream of revenue. At a time where women drag their boyfriends to see Me Before You and where men drag their girlfriends to see Warcraft, Ice Age Collision Course is one of the many movies where kids will drag their parents to the multiplex.
Scrat’s pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest to stop a giant meteor from destroying the earth.
When I was at the cinema, there was a father with his toddler and myself. That was it. Twenty minutes in the kid cried. The father and child left. I stayed. I was alone. The room was as empty as my brain as I watched Ice Age 5. It was easy to process, but hard to sustain. It is entirely forgettable. The reason I said Ice Age 5 is a cash cow is because the franchise is huge, lasted nearly fifteen years, makes a steady stream of income while persuading its consumers they are offering something new and superior when it isn’t.
Ice Age: Collision Course is a story that won’t be enjoyed by anyone over nine. It is essentially a more-of-the-same-but-let’s-amplify-everything-to-make-it-look-like-it’s-better strategy implemented by Blue Sky Studios. They decide to include all the characters from the previous four movies instead of narrowing their focus a couple of characters. It felt disjointed at times. In this case, more characters did not work for the movie.
Another thing they do to amplify sameness is by making the characters zanier. If only Blue Sky Studios learned from the Alvin and the Chipmunks sequels, they could have avoided doing that strategy. It just comes off as a B-grade product. If you saw the difference in character movements between the first movie and this one, you will be alarmed. From the restrained but lovable Manny the mammoth to the hip-hop dancing thing he has become. It is not a pretty sight. It is like looking at two photos where one is Hannah Montana and the other picture is Miley Cyrus’ cover photo of her latest album (her dead pets) Manny is not a trainwreck like that but it is as sad in my mind.
Finally, the other thing they amplify is the growing absurdity of the plot. From the rescuing of a child in the original to beating the global warming meltdown, then surviving dinosaurs, then surviving the tectonic plate shifts of the earth to now stopping an asteroid from outer space by throwing crystals in an active volcano. See the gradual absurdity even for the universe they’re in? There are several space sequences where Scrat is trying to get his acorn. Those sequences are visually entertaining but only for the time the sequences were on. The space sequences were only really good as a plot device used only once near the climax of the movie to gain tension. That is about it.
Despite their “bigger is better” approach Ice Age 5 offers little to the imagination. Aside from the colorful animations, one or two good scenes and overly zany characters to keep kids entertained there is not much that the movie offers. It is not frustrating, cringeworthy or boring but it is empty, which is not as bad, but it’s not good. With all the space elements, I really felt the franchise has jumped the shark. If there is another sequel, I hope they stripped down less-is-more approach next time. **