Just got back from Bangalore on Sunday, and decided to continue the movie watch where we had left off at X-Men Origins-Wolverine.
This time the movie was Ice Age 3 – Dawn of the Dinosaurs and having watched the earlier ones, there was definitely a sense of anticipation, especially as far as the special effects were concerned.
We were all a tad hungry, and as the movie was at Inox, a quick snack-up at McDonalds was just the fuel we needed in order to get by the next couple of hours.
So, ok.. the movie opened with Manny and Ellie discussing their baby, and what they would do to help bring it into the world. This sudden move of the mammoth couple to parenthood however unsettles their pals – Diego, who feels he’s losing his edge anyway, and Sid, who also starts craving a family of his own, which is when the fun starts.
Sid comes across three dinosaur eggs, hidden in an icy shelf just below the Ice Age. He brings them up and decides to raise them as his own, inspite of warnings from Manny. Soon enough, Momma T-Rex shows up and is furious that Sid dared to steal her eggs. She takes the baby dinos and Sid to the land of the dinosaurs, below the Ice Age.
Obviously, the friends, including Crash and Eddie, have to pitch in to rescue Sid, and they tentatively venture into dino land, where they meet up with Buck, who according to me, was easily the star of the movie. He wears a grass eye-patch and wields a mean looking knife, which we later learn is the tooth of a giant T-Rex, Rudy, his enemy. Buck has been living in this land and agrees to lead the friends through the jungle to Lava Falls, where Momma T-Rex has taken Sid and her babies.
The character of Buck is swashbuckling, almost like a jaunty pirate and his one-liners are truly hilarious, not to mention Buck’s Rules, which are a must for survival in this land.
Throughout the movie, Scrat the squirrel continues his quest for the acorn and now he has a wily female squirrel Scratte, to contend with. Some of their dance sequences are simply awesome.
Just as they are nearing the end of the rescue mission, Ellie goes into labor and she is attacked, so Manny and Diego stay back to protect her, while Buck takes Crash and Eddie ahead to rescue Sid, who is on the verge of toppling over into the lava fall.
In the meanwhile, Ellie gives birth and it’s a girl. Incidentally, the moment the baby came into focus, a little girl in the audience also piped up, saying “It’s a girl !”, causing everyone to break into peals of laughter. The mammoth couple decide to name her “Peaches”, their code word when the mission started, in case Ellie went into labour.
Just at the end, Rudy attacks the herd, and though Buck manages to trap him, Rudy escapes and resumes the chase. This time, however, it is Momma T-Rex who comes to the rescue and knocks him off a cliff.
As the herd decides to return, they invite Buck to join them. He is in two minds and feels a sense of emptiness and a loss of purpose, since he’s spent so much time chasing Rudy, who is now gone. However, just as he’s about to join them, a roar in the background confirms that Rudy is still alive, and Buck’s mind is made up.
So basically, all’s well that ends well. To conclude, this is definitely a must-see atleast once, especially for the fantastic effects plus it is available in 3-D unlike the earlier ones. Of course, there were some reviews that got into a little too much detail, like the dinos being extinct long ago, the geography of the land, and some other improbable scenes, but WTF, just see the movie for pure enjoyment. Kids will love it, though some of the dialogues and humour aren’t strictly for them…