Director : Mike Mitchell
Cast & Crew : Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Jason Lee, David Cross and others.
Synopsis : The world`s favorite fun loving, wise-cracking, singing and dancing chipmunks are back in Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked!, the third installment in the popular Chipmunks franchise that has grossed a worldwide total of $804 million. In their biggest adventure yet, the vacationing Chipmunks and Chipettes are turning a luxury cruise liner into their personal playground until they become `chipwrecked` on a remote island full of surprises. As the Chipmunks and Chipettes put their survival skills to the test , they soon discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems.
Review : The mischievous chipmunk is back with his partners in ‘crime’, unfortunately this time the instantly famous chipmunks and their female version, The Chipettes, have not impressed their fans much! Probably it’s now time the makers put this franchise to rest and come up with something more creative, or different, whichever is better!
There isn’t much to the story, because it was all quite clear from the trailers and TV spot releases doing the rounds on YouTube and other sites. Besides, they are just the “Chipmunk” versions of Castaway, Lost and Titanic! Sadly, the rodents squeak and squeak some more and the cacophony, if I may so, stays with you long after you have walked out of the theatre.
An avid fan and follower, such as me, was disappointed, more so because there was no disclaimer stating that this part will only cater to infants and toddlers.
Dave (Jason Lee) returns as the father figure to the Chipmunks and Chippettes, and once again portrays the role of a single father with much aplomb. He frets and shouts and tears his apart (yes, all of that) and finally settles for what he has asked for when ‘adopting’ the rodents. Ian (David Cross), is the perpetual villain, and he is half-bird, half-man in this one. In case you are wondering how that happened, you may want to watch the movie for it is not totally/ wholly indigestible. There is also a new character, Zoe (Jenny Slate), who portrays a weird treasure-seeking “Lara Croft”.
Alvin turns into good and responsible ‘boy’ and Simon loses all his inhibitions, which by far is the best and might I say, the funniest part in the whole movie. French is indeed a wonderful language as much as Paris is the most romantic destination. Theodore is the cutest since he looks like a fur ball and the same goes for the girls, Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor.
Finally, it all has to end in a truce. The family is together after yet another adventurous turmoil and head to the International Music Awards, the whole purpose for which they started vacationing that ended in a haywire mix of other movies; although, their “Bad Romance” act was fantastic.
Verdict: Watch it to know why Ian is half-man, half-bird and probably to know why the Chipmunks and their female counterparts failed to impress.