End of the Road (2022)

Mostly awkwardly scripted in its crime plot (if it’s gonna be this simple, make it even simpler and lose the laughably generic helicopter scene) and family drama (see the painful slap then chat), with mediocre turns and try-hard camerawork to (cowboy) boot. Keeping it watchable are some good moments of suspense and campy action (see Latifah beating the shit out of a gaggle of white supremacists) and the saturated and colourful desert aesthetic (especially in that cool, neon-drenched climax).

Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)


Manny, Diego, and Sid join up with Buck to fend off a meteor strike that would destroy the world. (IMDb)
Manny, Diego, and Sid still don’t have that hilarious chemistry they once had (though Sid still gets a few moments to shine-see the failed proposal; wedding planning) but there’s plenty of comedic energy found elsewhere, with Granny and Buck as colourful as always (“I’m out of cake, but I got salami!”; see Buck’s mind-trip) and Scrat’s escapades still fresh and fun. Neither the new villains or the out-of-this-world plot take themselves too seriously, which help keep the film entertaining.
6.5/10 (Alright)

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)


Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world. (IMDb)
The protective dad and wants-to-be-popular teen daughter drama couldn’t be more bland, so the film does well to focus more on the high-seas adventure plot, which is predictable and simple but full of rambunctious action (see the ship hijacking), engaging secondary characters (Dinklage’s captain is truly frightening; Sykes’ senile granny hilarious), and wholly entertaining tangents (see the brilliant pirate shanty; Scrat’s ever-escalating adventures to the core of the earth and Scratlantis).
7/10 (Good)

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)


When Sid’s attempt to adopt three dinosaur eggs gets him abducted by their real mother to an underground lost world, his friends attempt to rescue him. (IMDb)
Starts off, like the last one, very sequelly as new threads of development are forcibly pinned onto the the main three characters, but it picks up considerably once the fun adventure starts, which is notably well-animated, is fleshed out nicely (see Sid’s dinosaur domestic disputes; Buck’s constant quirkiness–see his rock-phone conversation), and has a great climax (see Diego playing doula while fighting). Scrat continues to steal the show though (the homemaking scene was hilarious).
6.5/10 (Alright)

Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)


Manny, Sid, and Diego discover that the ice age is coming to an end, and join everybody for a journey to higher ground. On the trip, they discover that Manny, in fact, is not the last of the woolly mammoths. (IMDb)
The great wacky humour from the first one dried up even quicker than the ice was melting in this sequel. The main trio lacks the snappy new-friend chemistry they once had and the new characters are more annoying than anything else. The one-note plot with the trio’s respective personal issues doesn’t captivate either (Manny’s is just awkward), so some random musical numbers are thrown in to eat up screen time. Fail. At least Scrat’s slapstick is still hilarious (see his trip to nut heaven).
5/10 (Poor)