Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

"Good"

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Review


It's impossible to be critical of a movie like this, since it's not trying to be anything other than ridiculous. And indeed it does manage to make us laugh, mainly because it's so relentlessly corny.

Dave (Lee) takes all six mischievous Chipmunks on a cruise-ship holiday before their big performance at the International Music Awards. Of course, Alvin (Long) is immediately in trouble, taking his pals Simon and Theodore (Bugler and McCartney) and the Chipettes (Poehler, Applegate and Faris) with him. But Alvin's next stunt strands them all on a deserted island, including Dave and former manager Ian (Cross). On the island they meet treasure-hunting nutcase castaway Zoe (Slate), just as a volcano is about to blow.

The filmmakers don't bother to make any sense of the thin plot or develop even a passing sense of internal logic. But they pack scenes with amusing references to everything from Cast Away to Indiana Jones to Spider-man. And they fill each scene with witty verbal and visual gags, most of which are deeply silly, in an attempt to subvert our critical faculties. It kind of works, even if nothing about this entire project seems remotely original.

The oddest thing is the overly tweaked voices of the Chipmunks, which are unintelligible at least half of the time and make the use of talented, A-list actors rather irrelevant. The characters aren't very interesting either, each featuring just one characteristic, which is played for all it's worth. To change things up, plot contrivances cause two Chipmunks to swap their roles in the pack, which at least adds some humour and a bit of romantic tension, even if it makes no sense at all.

But then, making sense was nobody's priority. This is just a goofy romp that takes the Chipmunks out of their usual music-bizz setting for a random adventure. We know from the start that everyone will be fine and no one will actually learn the lessons that are hammered home every few minutes. in fact, the moral message is jarringly, knowingly conflicting, urging us to be both more responsible and more risk-taking. But never mind. The film keeps kids entertained without insulting the grown-ups. For this genre, that's a triumph.



Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Facts and Figures

Run time: 87 mins

In Theaters: Friday 16th December 2011

Box Office USA: $133.1M

Box Office Worldwide: $342.7M

Budget: $75M

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Production compaines: Fox 2000 Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 12%
Fresh: 9 Rotten: 68

IMDB: 4.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Ross Bagdasarian, Janet Karman

Starring: as Eleanor (voice), as Zoe, as Captain Correlli, as Theodore (voice), as David Seville, as Jeanette (voice), as Brittany (voice), as Alvin (voice)

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Colossal Movie Review

Colossal Movie Review

It's rare to find a movie that so defiantly refuses to be put into a...

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

It's unlikely that Guy Ritchie could make a boring movie if he wanted to. This...

Snatched Movie Review

Snatched Movie Review

It doesn't really matter that the script for this lively action-comedy is paper thin: teaming...

Jawbone Movie Review

Jawbone Movie Review

Boxing movies aren't usually this thoughtful. Sure, there are plenty of punchy moments in the...

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Scottish filmmaker Gillies MacKinnon (Hideous Kinky) remakes the 1949 Ealing comedy classic, although it's difficult...

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Master filmmaker Ridley Scott is back to continue the story 10 years after the events...

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

A fictionalised account of real events, this drama is reminiscent of Peter Morgan's work in...

Advertisement
Sleepless Movie Review

Sleepless Movie Review

In remaking the 2011 French thriller Sleepless Night, the filmmakers have dumbed down both the...

Unlocked Movie Review

Unlocked Movie Review

By injecting a steady sense of fun, this slick but mindless action thriller both holds...

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

A seriously impressive feature directing debut with a star-making central performance, this period British drama...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

It was never going to be easy to match the impact of 2014's Guardians of...

The Promise Movie Review

The Promise Movie Review

The director of Hotel Rwanda, Terry George, turns to another humanitarian horror: the systematic murder...

Their Finest Movie Review

Their Finest Movie Review

Skilfully written, directed and acted, this offbeat British period film tells a story that catches...

Unforgettable Movie Review

Unforgettable Movie Review

With heavy echoes of trashy thrillers like Fatal Attraction, this movie overcomes its painfully simplistic...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.