Excellent but underrated film
After playing with our expectations, this turns out to be a very different sort of film.
Ok... Let's be honest. It cannot be the best movie but is quite enjoyable. The movie has the potential to develop a great plot for future movies
Mostly, the movie is committed to the value of a good time.
Based on the musical band and the children's cartoon, which I remember watching, the first film was terrible, the second film was only mildly watchable but still tedious, I think I knew what to expect with this third film, directed by Mike Mitchell (Surviving Christmas, Sky High). Basically David 'Dave' Seville (Jason Lee) with the Chipmunks: Alvin (Die Hard 4.0's Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) and the Chipettes: Brittany (Christina Applegate), Eleanor (Amy Poehler) and Jeanette (Anna Faris) are on a vacation on a cruise ship, but of course the furry cannot stay away from trouble for long. After messing about on the ship deck the Chipmunks and Chipettes end up accidentally thrown overboard, Dave chases after to rescue them, with his old boss Ian Hawke (David Cross) tagging along, the six friends end up marooned on a tropical paradise island, and some time after them, unseen, Dave and Ian are swept up on the island also. The island appears to be deserted at first, but then seemingly crazy castaway Zoe (Jenny Slate) shows up, with her various playing balls that she talks to, she claims she has been stranded for years waiting to be rescued, Dave and Ian search the island to find them. On the island Eleanor sprains her ankle, and Simon is bitten by a spider, with the side effects being that he changes personality, into French adventurer chipmunk Simone (Alan Tudyk), while the other Chipmunks and Chipettes try to make the most of the situation they are in "Simone" stumbles upon a piece of treasure Zoe has been looking for. Zoe suddenly turns nasty against her furry "friends" and demands to know where the hidden treasure she has been searching for is located, by this time Dave and Ian find them, it becomes a chase to rescue their friends and save themselves from the threat of the erupting volcano, of course in the end all of them get away from the island in time, and the Chipmunks and Chipettes make it in time to perform at the International Music Awards. The animated animals are relatively cute and funny in moments, while the live actors are rather cheesy, the choice of songs is varied, including "Trouble", "Party Rock Anthem", "Whip My Hair", "Kumbaya", "Survivor", "Bad Romance", "S.O.S." and "Firework", some are catchy, the problem of annoying squeaky voices and immature behaviour remains, and it is predictable, the kids may enjoy it, but this overall is a silly part-animated comedy adventure. Adequate!
What will they think of next... Alvin and The Chipmunks: In Space? Somehow I wouldn't be surprised... I thought the first movie was really cute, and the second movie sucked major donkey balls. What about this one? It wasn't as bad as the second sequel, but it wasn't very good. The chipmunks are very obnoxious in this one, and lack the innocence that they had in the first two. It does have a couple of funny moments near the end, but that's really about it. Jason Lee's role is reduced significantly here. He wasn't that big of a focus in the second one either, and that trend continues here. His interactions & chemistry with the Chipmunks is what made the first movie so enjoyable. It just fell flat in this one. David Cross returns and his menacing act has gotten extremely stale. The Chipettes are more tolerable than the chipmunks in this one believe it or not. Spending 90 minutes with these guys has gotten to be rather tiresomeFinal Thoughts: Better than the second one, but that isn't saying much. It's a mediocre film. Time to put the kibosh on this series4/10
I'm a huge fan of the 80s Chipmunks, even though I didn't grow up with them and I got to know them with the 2007 live action movie. "Alvin and the Chipmunks" (1983-1990) is certainly a clever cartoons series and it doesn't treat children like idiots. The characters are also cool and adorable at the same time. However, this movie is pretty disappointing. I think there are three big problems that make this movie unbearable for adults to watch: 1) The human actors don't give a **** about the movie and their acting is really bored and they look annoyed and frustrated all the time. Plus, the first 20 minutes of the movie don't help either: the humans all act like clowns. 2) Alvin: in the 80 series he was a mischievous kid, but at the end of the day, he had a heart of gold. In this movie, he's an annoying rat that makes lame jokes and annoys everyone. 3) The story isn't really new or original and they should have given some character development to Zoe (the new character who lives in an island). She's evil and after a while, she becomes good... too cheesy.But there're also good things in the movie: Simon, Theodore and the Chipettes. They're nice and they do some funny things while they're stuck in the island. The songs are average, I really missed the day when the Chipmunks had their OWN original songs and they didn't only make covers.Don't watch this movie unless you're under 8 or you're a huge chipmunk fan.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: ChipwreckedHopefully, the maladroit wordplay in the title of this motion picture doesn't imply that it's only for those children with higher brain development.Phew! Thankfully, this live-action/computer-animated comedy is accessible to dumb kids as well.While on a cruise with Dave (Jason Lee), Alvin (Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Theodore (Jesse McCartney), along with their female counterparts: The Chipettes (Christina Applegate, Anna Faris, Amy Poehler) find themselves stranded on an island after an Alvin related accident.Unfortunately, Dave and the Chipmunks old manager (David Cross) are marooned on the other side of the islet, leaving the rambunctious rodent singing groups to their own devises.Meanwhile, a localized volcano threatens to erupt. The second sequel in the series, this sampling is soured by stale renditions of radio hits and suggestive jokes of an inappropriate nature.Besides, to stay contemporary shouldn't their high-pitched chipmunk singing voices be modified with auto-tune? (Red Light)vidiotreviews.blogspot.ca