MOVIE REVIEW: Mammoth fights for his family in ‘Ice Age 4’

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

The gang gets back together then separates in the new animated comedy, “Ice Age: Continental Drift.”
Manny the mammoth (Ray Romano) is having a hard time adjusting, as his daughter, Peaches (Keke Palmer), tries to exert her independence by hanging out with other young mammoths.
Sometimes, Peaches wishes she were free from the old man’s rules, and since this is a movie, she gets her wish when the world starts to break up under everyone’s feet. The continents move – not in a scientific way – leaving Manny on one side of a deep chasm and his wife, Ellie (Queen Latifah), and daughter on the other side.
With his faithful companions, Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo) and Diego the saber-toothed tiger (Denis Leary) by his side, Manny battles storms and pirates in an attempt to get back to his loved ones.
The fourth installment of the “Ice Age” series moves briskly, and there are several laugh-out-loud moments. My kids enjoyed Granny (Wanda Sykes) who gets stuck with Manny and his gang and slings one-liners all over the place.
Peter Dinklage lends his voice to Gut the pirate captain, and Jennifer Lopez joins the cast to play Shira, a saber-toothed tiger who may or may not be interested in Diego.
There are threats and battles, but it’s mostly cartoon violence. My kids didn’t need to reach out and grab my arms the way they did several times during “The Amazing Spider-Man.”
For the most part, “Ice Age: Continental Drift” is predictable but affable. The characters play off each other well, and the interludes with Scrat the nut-obsessed rodent are entertaining. Plus, an opening cartoon featuring Maggie from “The Simpsons” offers a giggle or two.
I give “Ice Age: Continental Drift” a B minus.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.
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Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “Ice Age: Continental Drift” an A.

“I laughed. I cried. I had the time of my life.”