Ice Age 4: Continental Drift – review

Not all that long ago, a friend and I went to see Ice Age 4: Continental Drift in the theatre. I was a little iffy about it, seeing as it is the fourth part of the series. It has been my experience that by the fourth instalment, the cast, story, and humour has been overplayed. However, the newest Ice Age film was packed with as much action, plot, and laughter as its predecessors!

Ice Age 4 - Continental Drift - crew on a boat

Manny, Diego, and Sid set out on another adventure, but this time, they have to find their way back to land. Due to the actions of a particularly mischievous saber-toothed squirrel, the land starts to separate (which, by the way, is a far better explanation of continental drift than is tectonic plate shifting ;-)) and split away from its state of Pangaea. The three find themselves setting sail on an iceberg, not knowing which way will get them back home. On their way, they face treacherous storms, a band of pirates attempting to rule the open seas, and arguably worst of all, Sid’s Granny (voiced by the incredible Wanda Sykes).

As with the previous Ice Age films, this one was packed with hysterical one-liners. I don’t want to give away any of the great ones, but I will mention the one that was in the trailer (as you’ve likely already seen that). During one of the storms at sea, a gigantic crab lands on the iceberg on which the crew are stranded. Sid gets a look of terror on his face, points upward, and exclaims “HOLY CRAB!” The play on words was great, and I hope that the writers found a way to preserve the humour when translating the film into other languages.

Ice Age 4 - Continental Drift - HOLY CRAB

Anyway, don’t be worried about seeing the latest release in the Ice Age tetralogy (or quadrilogy if you like to follow the industry’s diction) thinking that it won’t live up to the rest of the series; it definitely does!


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