If your parents force you to take your younger sister or brother out to a movie these holidays, Ice Age: Collision Course is not the worst choice. Your siblings will love it, and for the more mature among us, it’s not bad.
This is the fifth movie in the very popular franchise, but kind of like the Star Trek prequels, you know no one important is going to die, so it’s hard to become invested in the story.
Scrat is back, still trying to get his claws on the acorn he’s been chasing forever. This time he gets spun off into outer space and causes all sorts of things that scientists cannot explain – like why there is no water on Mars.
Down on Earth, Manny (Ray Romano) is having a hard time accepting that his daughter Peaches (Keke Palmer) is going to marry Julian (Adam Devine) and leave home. But soon the gang have much more pressing issues to deal.
Buck the weasel (Simon Pegg), who is kind of cool with his death defying heroism, discovers a stone tablet telling about how Earth will be destroyed by an asteroid ... and there just happens to be one headed their way.
They need to figure out a way to do the impossible and, well, save the world. There are a lot of jokes along the way, all good family fun.
The outstanding character has to be the Shangri Llama (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) who has been kept youthful thanks to being surrounded by magical crystals. Those are soon destroyed, though, by Sid the Sloth’s (John Leguizamo) clumsy attempts to impress his new girl.
There are plenty of jokes for kids to laugh at and the never-ending stream of energy moves things along at a good pace, and the film has really mastered 3D graphics and space scapes.
But, to be honest, this is the worst of the Ice Age bunch, and if you don’t have a younger kid to take, you’d be better off revising Chinese.
Ice Age: Collision Course comes out in Hong Kong on July 28, 2016.