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Review, Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

Pirates are usually synonymous with a group of criminals who live at sea, sailing wherever the wind takes them and plundering other ships they encounter during their voyage. However, this movie is quite different because the pirates are a group of ancient animals that will loot anything they meet. Not only are they different, but they also make the movie impressive and provide a fresh dynamic to the story.

Ice Age: Continental Drift tells the story of an ice wall that collapses and disintegrates suddenly, leaving three friends separated by a group of other animals. However, they manage to sail over the ice cracks enough for all four of them, Manny, Diego, Sid, and Nanny.

When this happened, I laughed and said, “It’s all the squirrel’s fault. Why does he have to play in the earth’s core and destroy the earth’s order?” It is not long before tension begins to build when an ice ship comes in with a sudden attack, and a fight goes down to the wire. 

Scrat caught by pirates. Courtesy of IMDb

As the main character among the pirates, Captain Gutt stands out with a charismatic and ruthless personality. He is a smart and cunning villain, ready to do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. With the help of his loyal crew, such as Shira, a dangerous white tiger, Captain Gutt poses a serious threat to the main characters. 

Captain Gutt is an interesting villain, with physical strength and a tough demeanor. He is menacing but also charismatic. While he displays strength and ruthlessness, he also has intelligence. It shows that villains can be multifaceted characters with more depth than just evil and that they can be more than just evil. 

This movie not only provides a fun spectacle with a very light plot but also provides many messages and lessons in it. The simplest example is how a child wants to be considered an adult and also be able to do anything in life. 

The fourth installment of the Ice Age franchise teaches us all that distance will indeed awaken a person. The distance between father and son, who are struggling to get back together, makes them realize that they must understand each other to keep building good communication and relationships. 

It’s not just squirrels that are annoying, Sid’s grandmother is quite annoying with her senility and stubbornness. However, she is the real hero as she saves Diego and Manny in an emergency with her whale. Besides that, the grandmother is quite interesting for her quirky behavior and unexpected moments of wisdom. While watching it, I cringed, laughed, cringed again, and smiled at the end. 

They escaped from pirates. Courtesy of IMDb

Nothing is surprising in terms of humor, and character development as it still uses the same formula. However, compared to the laughs, this series is quite moving. From the family that doesn’t consider Sid, Peaches (Manny’s daughter) going through puberty and having tantrums, to Diego finally finding his partner, Shira.

One of the most striking things about Ice Age: Continental Drift is its outstanding graphics and animation quality. Blue Sky Studios managed to create a colorful and detailed prehistoric world, from characters to fantastic landscapes, and stunning visual effects, such as splitting glaciers and raging wave waters, to provide an enthralling cinematic experience. Compared to the previous movie, this one feels fresher and more unique. Making the pirate captain an important character is a great idea. A powerful and charismatic character provides a new feel to the story.

Ice Age: Continental Drift succeeds with stunning visuals, although in terms of humor, it remains the same, funny but predictable. Even so, the Ice Age series is not boring and is still worth watching even as times continue to change and evolve. 

Our Score 8/10

Title: Ice Age: Continental Drift
Production: Blue Sky Studios; 20th Century Fox Animation
Director: Mike Thurmeier, Steve Martino
Screenwriters: Michael Berg, Jason Fuchs
Casts: John Leguizamo, Ray Romano, Denis Leary, Keke Palmer

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Maulida Ika Cristiana

A Dullahan (Senior Writer) at Monster Journal.
She has developed experiences as a writer both in content writing and journalism through various projects.
Ana enjoys film with women issues, as well as horror. A Bachelor in Economic Education.

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