REVIEW: ‘Collision Course’ Shows That ‘Ice Age’ Series Is On Life Support

It just never ends.

In the latest installment of the long running “Ice Age” series, the sabertooth squirrel Scrat causes a chain of events that sends an asteroid toward Earth. As this is happening, there’s a bit of drama with the Ice Age crew.

Peaches (Keke Palmer), the daughter of Manny (Ray Romano) and Ellie (Queen Latifah), is planning to get married to her fiance Julian (Adam Devine) and in the process wants to leave home. So not only do the parents have to worry about the asteroid, they also have to worry about their kid leaving.

This movie feels like one of the most manufactured pieces of media that I’ve ever seen. The movie’s main conflict, the child wanting to leave home with a guy that the dad doesn’t like, is so incredibly generic and “Collision Course” doesn’t do anything new with it.

The major threat, meanwhile, is just another typical disaster that these movies seem to throw in. Last time around it was the world’s land masses and ice breaking apart, this time it’s an asteroid. It’s all just a catalyst for the film’s main drama to be predictably resolved.

Another issue with the film’s story is its transition from the previous movie to this one, mainly in relation to Peaches and the fiance Julian.

The movie presents Julian like he’s always been around, but he wasn’t even in the previous picture. The movie also doesn’t explain what happened to Peaches’ friend Louis, who was a major character in the last movie but doesn’t show up here.

If this wasn’t poorly written enough, there’s also the fact that Julian is one of the most annoying characters put to screen in a while. Every bit of dialogue he has is the worst type of ‘trying to be hip’ stuff that ruins animated flicks these days. His modern slang and pop song references just feel so forced that it’s a pain to sit through.

The rest of the characters just do the same things they’ve always done. Sid does something stupid and Diego and Manny get annoyed. Rinse and repeat, over and over again.

In terms of the animation itself, much of it was just OK. After seeing earlier this year what “Zootopia” and even the recent “Secret Life of Pets” were able to do, the latest “Ice Age” doesn’t really hold up.

Hopefully, this latest installment will be the end of the “Ice Age” franchise. The series has always been fairly average and this was the worst one yet. 1 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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