PG, 94 minutes, Adventure
It struck me as confusing, reading the title. Scientifically speaking, the dinosaurs should have been all killed off before the rise of mammals. Don’t worry, I’ll explain the reasoning in a moment. Admittedly, I skipped this movie when it first came out. Same with the second installment. Ice Age was alright, but it took a while for it to grow on me. Years later, I got braver, but I still had that obstacle of obtaining the second movie. Well now it’s time to end my confusion and explore a new adventure.
So why do dinosaurs still roam the frozen Earth? It’s simple, they live underground… because reasons. Manny and Ellie (Romano and Latifah) are now in a full blown relationship and are expecting a child. Manny gets so caught up in preparing for the baby, that he offends Sid (Leguizamo). Sid wanders off and discovers three eggs that he takes for his own.
When the eggs hatch, Sid finds himself the “mother” of three baby dinosaurs. Their very annoyed real mother shows up and takes them away, Sid and all. Manny and the herd give chase only to discover a lost world where the dinosaurs have survived underground due to thermal temperatures keeping things nice and toasty. Among the gargantuans is one wild weasel who acts as their guide. However, when the herd becomes aware of a much larger threat than the protective dino-mom they’ll have to escape quickly before they’re swallowed whole.
This book–I mean, movie–was definitely a throw back to classic literature. It mixes elements from The Lost World by Doyle and Moby Dick by Melville while also making various movie references. This time ’round, they went so all-out with the nods I’m sure someone got whiplash. While I like this entry better than Meltdown, I can’t help but wonder if they were strapped for ideas or if they were just trying to get a patchwork story pumped out as quickly as possible.
I will say that the rushed feeling made me realize I don’t like certain characters. While everyone gets their bits, I came to feel like Crash and Eddie were just background noise without any real purpose. And Ellie… She just annoyed me. She was weird in the first movie, but much like her brothers she felt unnecessary. I really only care for Manny, Sid, Diego, and Scrat, so I feel like these additional characters are just a distraction.
The imagery present was impressive, though. The “Mody Dick” dinosaur left a lasting impact with its menacing glare and nightmarish entrances. Oh my gosh–when it emerges from the clouds with glowing eyes–WHOOOO!!! *ahem* Composure. Basically everything even eluding to this beast is cool and I’d say it makes the movie.
We also have Scrat. This time around he’s involved in a bizarre romantic battle with the femme Scratte (NO, I DIDN’T MEAN LESBIAN!) and has rejected his previous love, the acorn. I don’t want to spoil too much, but the conclusion of the conflict had me howling with laughter.
I feel like that’s it: A pieced together story with an annoying female lead and a cool villain. …Scrat. I wish I could say more, but I can’t. This movie exists. It’s as though it’s a set up for things to come, but it will just leave you questioning the importance of it all.
Rating: Don’t bother.
Watch: If you’re watching the rest of the series.
Don’t watch: If you’re already over the series.