Michael Berg

Michael Berg

Michael Berg Quick Links

News Film RSS

Ice Age: Collision Course Review

Good

With its fifth feature-length adventure, this franchise continues its preposterous journey at full tilt. As before, it's the zippy writing, lively vocal work and colourful animation that hold the interest. The story is merely a framework on which the cast and crew can hang a series of rapid-fire jokes, pop culture references and nonsensical action sequences. And it's still mindless fun.

After their previous escapades, the expanding herd of prehistoric critters is living a happy life together, thinking about love. Mammoths Manny and Ellis (voiced by Ray Romano and Queen Latifah) are struggling with the idea that their daughter Peaches (Keke Palmer) has fallen for the too-cheerful Julius (Adam Devine). Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo) has just been dumped and feels like he'll never find a partner. And tigers Diego and Shira (Denis Leary and Jennifer Lopez) worry that their violent nature will make them terrible parents. Then suddenly there's a bigger issue to worry about: a giant asteroid is heading for Earth, threatening them with extinction. With the help of nutty weasel Buck (Simon Pegg), they come up with an idea to save the planet. They also discover a magical place called Geotopia, ruled by the groovy Shangri Llama (Jesse Tyler Ferguson).

Yes, the plot is utterly insane, especially as it is driven by the antics of franchise star Scrat, who discovers a flying saucer in the ice, activates it and heads into space, where his acorn-hunting antics trigger all sorts of mayhem back on Earth. But then this series has never had anything to do with science or biology, throwing random animals together (the dinosaurs make another appearance) for comical value while cranking up whatever suspense the writers can think of to add some momentum. They also of course pack scenes with sweet "family values" moments, plus a sideswipe at climate change deniers who refuse to acknowledge the possibility of impending doom.

Continue reading: Ice Age: Collision Course Review

Ice Age: Continental Drift Review


Very Good
Very early on, this series completely jettisoned any respect for science, gleefully ignoring the laws of gravity end geology to carry on the family-friendly series of dangers encountered by this growing herd of misfit semi-prehistoric creatures. It's not very clever, but it's still good fun.

When the ice shelf suddenly cracks in two, mammoth Manny (Romano) finds himself adrift with sabre-tooth Diego (Leary), sloth Sid (Leguizamo) and Sid's toothless granny (Sykes). But as they attempt to get home, they're waylaid by a pirated iceberg sailed by Captain Gutt (Dinklage) and his scurvy crew.

Meanwhile, Manny's wife Ellie (Latifah) and their mildly rebellious daughter Peaches (Palmer) are trying to outrun the shifting continental plates. And the film's real star Scrat is on a hunt for a hidden acorn treasure.

Continue reading: Ice Age: Continental Drift Review

Michael Berg

Michael Berg Quick Links

News Film RSS

Occupation

Filmmaker


Suggested

The best of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees the Foo Fighters

The best of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees the Foo Fighters

These are the greatest songs from Foo Fighters.

Who made history at the 2021 Brit Awards?

Who made history at the 2021 Brit Awards?

It was a very female-centered show at the 2021 Brit Awards.

The BRIT Awards 2021: In no particular order, the winners are.....

The BRIT Awards 2021: In no particular order, the winners are.....

With a great deal of excitement, a lot of relief and some anxiousness, the biggest night on the UK's musical calendar went ahead as the BRIT's 2021...

Weird Music Story of the Week: Iggy Pop's parrot is a Sleaford Mods fan

Weird Music Story of the Week: Iggy Pop's parrot is a Sleaford Mods fan

Biggy Pop the cockatoo bops along to "UK music".

Advertisement
St. Vincent - Down Video

St. Vincent - Down Video

St. Vincent drops yet another video ahead of the release of her highly anticipated sixth studio album 'Daddy's Home', this time for track number...

Everything you need to know about Slowthai's Happyland festival

Everything you need to know about Slowthai's Happyland festival

This news certainly puts a smile on our faces.

Album Of The Week: The 20th Anniversary of 'Asleep In The Back' by Elbow

Album Of The Week: The 20th Anniversary of 'Asleep In The Back' by Elbow

Asleep In The Back is less claustrophobic than some of Elbow's other material, it doesn't envelope you and wrap you up, there is still wriggle room...

International No Diet Day: The body positivity songs we all need to hear [Playlist]

International No Diet Day: The body positivity songs we all need to hear [Playlist]

Put down the weight-loss smoothie and indulge in some carbs.

Advertisement

Michael Berg Movies

Ice Age: Collision Course Movie Review

Ice Age: Collision Course Movie Review

With its fifth feature-length adventure, this franchise continues its preposterous journey at full tilt. As...

Ice Age: Continental Drift Movie Review

Ice Age: Continental Drift Movie Review

Very early on, this series completely jettisoned any respect for science, gleefully ignoring the laws...

Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews