Star Wars is the big movie of the season and we did want to see it, but not until January when the crowds have died down a little bit.
So my wife and I went to see the latest Chipmunks movie, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, instead.
The movie is a typical Alvin and the Chipmunks affair. Alvin does crazy stuff and everything escalates into a huge farce until Dave comes in and shouts, “ALVIN!”
This children’s movie taps into a primal fear that many kids have, that their parents won’t love them as much when their family gets bigger.
Dave is getting serious with his girlfriend and is planning a romantic weekend alone with her.
The Chipmunks find a diamond ring by his luggage and make the logical conclusion that he is going to ask her to marry him.
The Chipmunks hate this idea because Dave’s girlfriend’s son, Miles, bullies them.
Miles also dislikes their families joining together so he joins the Chipmunks in their cross country journey to Miami from LA to steal the ring and stop the proposal.
Through their journey the Chipmunks and Miles receive some valuable moral lessons and realize that they don’t mind being step-brothers after all.
The movie didn’t really stand out as an exceptional Chipmunks movie to me. There’s childish comedy and good dance/singing sequences like usual, but nothing truly spectacular.
The Chipettes have minor roles in the movie which was a little disappointing. It would’ve made sense for them to be there, but that would’ve made the script too complicated. Instead they spend most of the movie judging the last season of American Idol.
I’d definitely recommend the movie to people who are fans of the Chipmunks like myself. For those who haven’t been exposed to the Chipmunks yet, the movie is as good an entry into the franchise as you can get. Cheesy comedy and cute forest creatures singing high-pitched covers of popular music. Not much more to say than that.