Ice Age: Collision Course review

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2016’s 8th animated film.

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is…….. what in the hell happened? I have not watched some of the other sequels ever, or in a long time, but what in the hell happened between the first film and now to receive the film that we got? There is almost nothing that makes sense in the film whatsoever. They try everything to be funny, but nothing worked, and the film often lead me bored.

Production

The concept of the film came from the first film, where the main characters walk over a piece of ice, with a spaceship underneath it. The characters were drawn first by hand, and then they were put together in clay to use as a scope design for the CGI.

Recording was a bit difficult, since most of the actors and actresses live in LA, while the main studio was in New York, so the directors had to consistently fly down to LA.

Story

The film starts with Scrat (Chris Wedge) trying to bury his acorn, but this somehow ends up with him activating some sort of ship, and his ruckus causes the asteroids to fly towards Earth. I cannot with the intolerance and the obscure bullshit in this film. Apparently, he found some way to align the planets as well. I already hate this movie.

We get to the main characters Manny (Ray Romano) playing some sort of hockey with his daughter Peaches (Keke Palmer), who is preparing to get married to her fiance Julian (Adam DeVine), and she ditches the game to spend time with her soon-to-be-husband. His wife Ellie (Queen Latifah) is pleased with Julian giving her flowers (which her husband has not done for a while), and she is planning for their anniversary party. Sid (John Leguzamo) prepares to propose to his recent girlfriend Francine (Melissa Rauch), but she dumps him after the proposal, mad that he did not look like anything in his profile pic. Nice to know there are dating programs in prehistoric times…

Ellie finally unleashes her surprise to Manny, and he forgets it is their anniversary. What a great husband..... anyways, fireworks start to form, and he thinks Sid saved his ass. The young couple decides to tell Manny and Ellie that they will be moving from the group as soon as they are married, which shocks the both of them. The family get into a heated discussion, before realizing that the fireworks are asteroids that are heading their way. Everyone flees.
Ellie finally unleashes her surprise to Manny, and he forgets it is their anniversary. What a great husband….. anyways, fireworks start to form, and he thinks Sid saved his ass. The young couple decides to tell Manny and Ellie that they will be moving from the group as soon as they are married, which shocks the both of them. The family get into a heated discussion, before realizing that the fireworks are asteroids that are heading their way. Everyone flees.

Somewhere in the distance, Buck (Simon Pegg) makes his first appearance in the film when he discovers a stone pillar, and takes it with him. He ends up meeting with the main crew, and tells them how one of the asteroids will take out the mammals, so his plan consists of going to the site where the last asteroid goes, to see what attracts it. I am glad everyone realizes this is a dumb idea, but of course they do it anyways. Of course the young couple is the most sad, because their lives would be over before it starts, and Manny uses this as a chance to keep his daughter in his presence, instead of losing her to Julian.

The asteroid will take 2 days to make an impact, so they decide to go to the last asteroid to solve this issue. We also have dromaeosaurs Gavin (Nick Offerman) and Gertie (Stephanie Beatriz) chasing after Buck, which means they are chasing after our protagonists as well. I have to say that I am sick of these “father ones anything to rid of daughter’s boyfriend” plots, and they hammer it in so much in this film.

Apparently there is some electromagnetic stuff going on, and it attracts the asteroid, so they want to use it to deflect from hitting Earth. May I need to remind everyone that SPACESHIPS WOULD NOT BE IN EXISTENCE IN THE PRE-HISTORIC TIMES? I cannot believe how careless they are with the time frame and settings.
Apparently there is some electromagnetic stuff going on, and it attracts the asteroid, so they want to use it to deflect from hitting Earth. May I need to remind everyone that SPACESHIPS WOULD NOT BE IN EXISTENCE IN THE PRE-HISTORIC TIMES? I cannot believe how careless they are with the time frame and settings.

Ellie tries to make her daughter even more scared about going off on her own, using her brothers Crash (Seann William Scott) and Eddie (Josh Peck) as tools to scare her into their hands. Unluckily for them, Peaches handles everything that comes her way. Manny plays hockey with Julian, and he hits the young man with the puck, causing him to somehow fall in the ice. How does one correlate with the other? So after he is thawed out, Peaches snaps at her parents, and tells them that she is still leaving with Julian whether they support her or not. I do not know why I do not feel any way about this. Anyways, the dromaesaurses try to steal Buck, but end up taking Sid’s grandmother  Granny (Wanda Sykes).

Everyone realizes that she is gone when they wake up, and Diego (Denis Leary) smells their way to her track, which causes them to run into the last asteroid that hit Earth. They all see her in a place called Geotopia, where all of the animals went to after the previous asteroids hit Earth.

An hour into the film, Sid is given a love interest named Brooke (Jessie J), who is a female version of him, meaning extremely irritating. She introduces them to their leader Shangri Llama (Jessie Tyler Ferguson), who reveals that the crystals in the cave somehow keep them all youthful. Okay then...
An hour into the film, Sid is given a love interest named Brooke (Jessie J), who is a female version of him, meaning extremely irritating. She introduces them to their leader Shangri Llama (Jessie Tyler Ferguson), who reveals that the crystals in the cave somehow keep them all youthful. Okay then… The two fall in love, and their relationship being rushed is fine because it is just their personalities.

There is some sort of realization that the crystals that prevent the other group from aging will prevent the asteroids from hitting earth, and it would by putting them in a volcano to send them into space. Shangri Lmama refuses and rebukes the plan, but everyone knows that stopping the asteroid is more important than everyone staying young. All of the residents from the cave aged after the crystals were displaced. Ellie’s brothers start chanting some bullcrap about hashtags, and they are making DreamWorks look like they are above pop culture tackiness. The dromaesauruses attack Buck, only to decide to help them stop the asteroid. This is somehow used to bond Julian and Manny to push the large crystal in, and everything is stopped as usual. The asteroid does not hit, and everyone remains to live.

The two groups decide to part ways, since the other side is old and stuff……. That is nice. Conveniently, all of them end up turning young and youthful after a piece of the crystal falls into a hot sauna. I forgot to mention that Diego and his wife  Shira (Jennifer Lopez) are planning to be parents, but their issue is that every child ends up being afraid of them…. As you can see, it was barely a focus, which is why I almost forgot to mention them until the very end. Julian and Peaches wed after they get the nervous jitters over with, and everyone lives happily ever after.

I really hope that this is the last Ice Age film. It is sad to see how much integrity was lost between the countless sequels, and the franchise is more than; or should I say less than a shell of its former self. Not much really came from the film, and I was bored throughout the entire thing. Blue Sky could have kept this film.
I really hope that this is the last Ice Age film. It is sad to see how much integrity was lost between the countless sequels, and the franchise is more than; or should I say less than a shell of its former self. Not much really came from the film, and I was bored throughout the entire thing. Blue Sky could have kept this film.

Characters

You know what? Instead of posting some of the pictures of the characters and discussing them bit by bit after a summary of the cast as a whole, I am NOT going to do that. Call it pettiness, laziness, irritation, whatever you may, but I cannot handle it anymore. Why should I spend time divulging in these characters when the producers, directors, and Blue Sky refused to do so. Pretty much all of the films focus on love. Ellie and Manny have some drama with their anniversary, Peaches is getting married to Julian, Diego and Shira want to have kids, but nothing comes of it, Granny even gets a lover/fling, and Sid gets a girlfriend. There was nothing pleasing about the characters in any sense, and there are way too many, with none of them being utilized in a unique or even a good way.

Animation

What I will say about the animation is that it is very nice. They maintained the cartoonish style they have set in the earlier films of the franchise, and the textures of everything looks nice. Honestly, everything is more of the same, which is nice, but it is not innovative or mind blowing. I will say that I liked the crystals and the color scheme for everything. My expectations regarding the animation was met in this film.

Music

Why were there pop songs played in prehistoric times? I know they LONG left trying to hold some integrity to the setting of their film, and just in general, but POP SONGS? I cannot deal with that. The score is decent enough, but the pop songs really irritated me, though I really should not have expected anything else.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on July 22nd, 2016, it made $64.1 million in North America, and $343 million in other territories, with an international gross of $407.1 million. All of the other films (with the exception of the first one) made more than this film, while this film has the lowest domestic gross out of them all, so maybe the underperformance will end the franchise.

It was negatively panned critically. Many people roasted the film for its lack of creativity, originality, unfunny humor, and claiming that the tired formula of the franchise is making it worse. A lot of people consider this to be the worst film in the franchise.

Final Score

Story: 3.5/10

Characters: 4.5/10

Animation: 7.5/10

Music: 5/10

= 20.5/40 = 51%

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