“Ice Age: Collision Course” – PG

By David S. Adams - For The Lima News

The Story

Wooly mammoths Manny and Ellie (voices of Ray Romano, Queen Latifah) celebrate their anniversary while the night sky fills with fireworks. “But wait!” says Manny, “does that look like a problem?” “A ball of fire, heading toward us?” says saber-toothed tiger Diego (voice of Denis Leary). “How can that be a problem?” “There’s more coming,” says Manny. “Meteor shower! Everybody — go!” That’s the setup for this fifth “Ice-Age” iteration. Last time, it was continental drift; now, it’s the end of the world.

Will Peaches (Keke Palmer) and Julian (Andy Devine) marry despite Manny’s objections? Does Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo) find true love? And — oh, yes — can the herd divert the end-of-the-world, earthbound asteroid?

The Actors

Familiar voices return for “Ice Age: Collision Course.” Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary and Jennifer Lopez are worried wooly mammoth parents Manny and Ellie, love-sick sloth Sid, and saber-toothed tigers Diego and Shira, who have nothing much to do.

New to the cast are Neil deGrasse Tyson, Adam Devine, Keke Palmer and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Tyson is one-eyed British weasel, Neil deBuck (known as “Buck”); he’s the brains of the herd — sings opera (Rossini’s “Barber of Seville”) and knows what the herd doesn’t know but must learn, asap. Devine and Palmer are loving, next-generation wooly mammoths, Julian and Peaches. Ferguson is Shangri Llama, a new-age, yoga guru who comes from who-knows-where and belongs in another movie. Like Buck, he’s mostly annoying. Jessie J is the voice of Brooke, Sid’s British sloth girlfriend.

Other Comments

This continues the saga of Scrat (voice of Chris Wedge), prehistoric squirrel pursuing a maddingly elusive acorn. Now, in outer space, Scrat inadvertently initiates a series of interplanetary events that establish our solar system and send a giant asteroid hurtling toward Earth. All this in the first ten minutes. It’s splendid, funny and, trust me, the highlight of the flick. Everything else is downhill. Co-directed by Mike Thurmeier and Galen T. Chu, with a clunky script by Michael J. Wilson, Michael Berg and two others, it’s a 94-minute slog except for those opening minutes. Too much plot, bathroom humor and lots of lame jokes are what we get and, despite adult references — “2001,” “The Bride of Frankenstein,” “Lost Horizon,” Rossini, Mendelssohn, Wagner and Michelangelo — it’s tedious and painfully unfunny.

Rated PG for mild, rude humor, action and peril, it runs 94 minutes. Apparently, there’s talk of a sixth “Ice Age.” Let’s hope not, unless it’s all about Scrat.

Final Words

“Ice Age: Collision Course,”

Mad Scrat’s behind the Force;

He’s still a lot of fun

All the rest? Over and done.

By David S. Adams

For The Lima News

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