The Ice Age films have never achieved (or aspired to) the greatness of Pixar or the better films in Dreamworks’ canon. That said, they’ve always had a light and easy charm that adults can enjoy right along with their kids. By now audiences know exactly what they’re getting from an Ice Age film, and the best compliment one can pay this third film is that it maintains the quality of previous entries. What it lacks in originality it more than makes up for in improved visuals (a pterodactyl chase in particular is stunning), a fun turn by Simon Pegg as a wilderness warrior, and the simple fact that after three films they still keep coming up with innovative mini-stories about Scrat and that acorn. GRADE: B
IS IT OKAY FOR YOUR KIDS?
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is rated PG. There is some slapstick violence, and mild innuendo, but no sexuality or language.
ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES?
The greatest love is to be willing to die for someone else. Parents have a responsibility to protect, nurture, and provide for their children
If your kids love dinosaurs, give them a thrill with the original 1933 King Kong! Rent or buy it here.
Jonathan Decker is the clinical director of Your Family Expert. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, husband, and father of five. Jonathan earned a masters degree in family therapy from Auburn University as well as a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. He is an actor, author, and television personality.