The End of Ice Age?

29 Jul 2016

Earlier this month Ice Age: The Collision Course, the fifth in the Ice Age franchise, was released.  Unsurprisingly, for the fifth film in a franchise, it received pretty terrible reviews, but what was it the critics hated so much?

There are too many characters

Ice Age has always been pretty full of characters but the new film takes it to the extreme.  Sara Stewart of The New York Post describes it as ‘way over-packed with characters’ to the point that you can hardly remember who is who.  Moreover, Empire’s Helen O’Hara observes similarly that ‘while the enormous, star-studded cast all return, there is almost no reason for most of them to be there’.


It’s boring

Sara Stewart entitled her review New Ice Age may induce you to hibernate’ and wished the film’s potential viewers ‘good luck keeping your eyes open’ whilst Devan Coggan of Entertainment Weekly calls it a ‘lifeless caper’ and Helen O’Hara describes it as ‘dull and wearisome’.  All of which are pretty damning verdicts on the film’s entertainment value.

The plot is too ridiculous

So Ice Age isn’t exactly known for being realistic.  But this new film just goes too far, as Helen O’Hara notes ‘after trashing the laws of paleontology and geology over four installments, disregarding the march of aeons and confusing hundreds of millions of years of pre-history this franchise now takes aim at astrophysics’.


The characters aren’t well developed enough

This is probably a consequence of the sheer number of characters there are in this film.  Indeed, Devan Coggan goes as far as to call the characters ‘one-dimensional’.

Even Scrat doesn’t redeem it

Some reviewers are still amused by Scrat, such as Helen O’Hara who calls him ‘the funniest thing in the film’.  However, critics mostly agree that ‘even Scrat’s madcap misfortunes feel dull the fifth time round’ as Devan Coggan asserts.


It’s too predictable

The New York Times’ Glen Kenny hits the nail on the head when he describes the plot of the film as ‘anthropomorphised prehistoric cartoon animals spout endless contemporary-culture-allusive wisecracks, alternating with Hollywood-standard family-values twaddle that is as facile as it is insincerely expressed’.  How very predictable.

The humour is too basic

Helen O’Hara asserts that the film is filled with ‘endless bum jokes’ which are ‘awfully tiring for anyone over 10 years old’.


 There have just been too many Ice Age films

This is the fifth film in the franchise, people are getting bored of it now.  As The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw says, ‘enough’.