This less-than-engaging outing starts off on the wrong foot with a mix of mammoths, saber-tooth tigers and dinosaurs that wouldn't have a remote chance of occupying the same timeframe. While I completely appreciate the fact that we’re talking about a kid’s movie, I believe that, on some fronts, we’ve been spoiled by filmmakers driven to present hyper-realized, historically accurate worlds, and it would seem that if you’re going to push to make this Ice Age adventure 3-D, you might as well get the details straight.
Of course, this argument is tantamount to waging war with a kid over whose favorite restaurant is the best, so I’m willing to drop it in favor of a more salient point.
The trick to success isn’t all that tricky: Just tell a good story — one that’s moving and engaging with the characters you’ve already spent a couple of films developing. We know them already, and apparently we like them, so just focus on making them more real, with or without 3-D. Grade: C-
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