Movie review : A laughter riot, at last!

Kathmandu :

Ice Age 2 (Adventure)

Cast: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Dennis Leary, Drea de Matteo, Queen Latifah

Direction: Carlos Saldanha, Chris Wedge

Showing at Kumari Cinema

You must believe that make-believe cartoon characters can muster more chutzpah than capers who vainly try to tickle the funny bone. At least, these prehistoric animated characters in the Ice Age have more pizzaz than goofballs who just gawk, gasp and guffaw.

The moment Scrat, the prehistoric squirrel, struts on screen, by degrees you come to the realisation that his death defying stunts can overshadow even the most swashbuckling heroes of Hollywood. And we thought only Jim Carrey was capable of all that contortions and carristhenics! Well, forget Carrey. With the conviction that Scrat fights piranhas and pursues the elusive acorn, his acrobatic ability would even make Brush Lee blush with shame.

Ice Age 2 brings back Sid (John Leguizamo), Manny (voice of Ray Romano) and Diego (Denis Leary) who are once again threatened with the impending doomsday, the end of the Ice Age. As the characters roll out skiing through natural waterslides, amidst the snow-covered scenic beauty of the ice valley, you can’t help but admire the cute characters. Everything’s hunky dory until the effects of global warming(!) play the spoilsport. And Sid, Manny and Diego once again set out on the adventure to save their species from impending extinction.

As the ice walls protecting the valley crumbles to pieces, the three friends Sid the Sloth, Manny the mammoth, and Diego the sabre-toothed tiger, tie-together to fight the indomitable. As these three main characters set off to warn others to head to the other end of the valley, there is a slew of shockers waiting for them. Ofcourse, if there had been mayhems alone, it would have been another rioutous fare without the essential funny moments. Just in time before Manny goes into depression, enter Elle a female mammoth, and you get to see the mushy love that ignites between them.

Don’t be surprised when Manny tells that it’s her big butts that he likes about her the most!

Apart from the the deftfully crafted characters and the slapstick screenplay, you get to laugh a bellyful after eons. You’d wonder that animals did have a developed vocabulary even in prehistoric times that’s as perfect as can be to the lingo that twenty-first century kids speak.

And though the visual effects are not that great, it’s captivating to the hilt.