by Candace Salima, contributor to US Daily Review
Movie: Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Starring: Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney
Director: Mike Mitchell
Okay, I admit it. I’m a huge Alvin & the Chipmunks fan. I can’t help it, it must be something leftover from my childhood. So I dragged my sweetheart along, and my 8-year-old niece for good measure, and set off to see the latest movie in the series, Chipwrecked.
Alvin, of course, is the usual troublemaker. And when Dave take the boys and the Chipettes on a cruise…well, let’s just say the predictable occurs. Alvin runs amuck on the ship, and Simon does his best to reign him in. It doesn’t work. When has it ever?
Through a series of events, and parasailing gone horribly wrong, the six chipmunks end up stranded on a tropical island. While they wait for Dave to come to the rescue, there’s a little matter of survival and a crazed castaway. There are delightful references to other movies, an opportunity for Alvin to grow up when when Simon becomes the French Simón, and Alvin has to be the responsible one.
Not being a fan of the lame animation which seems to pepper the cable channels, I found the animation of Chipwrecked to be exquisite. It was fun story, great music, and the satisfying sight of seeing Uncle Ian in a stork suit for the entire movie. Oh yes, Uncle Ian is back and as miserable and vindictive as ever.
This movie did not disappoint. It has had mixed reviews, but I’m wondering if people went expecting something more than an animated film about six chipmunks, because I thought it was very fun and the music was great. In the row behind ours was a one or two-year-old girl who giggled at all the antics of the chipmunks, through the entire movie, and it was delightful to hear. Our eight-year-old niece loved it as did my husband and I.
In theaters now, I can easily recommend this movie to all families, there was nothing inappropriate in it and it should be good for any family night activity.
My Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 Stars
Now, I must admit. I have to get see any one of the intriguing movies out there now and coming up. War Horse, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Underworld: Awakening, Joyful Noise and other wonderful movies upcoming.