The Roadchip disappoints chipmunks everywhere
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The classic Alvin and the Chipmunks series has been popular since the 2007 reboot when an updated self-titled movie was released. The Squeakquel and Chipwrecked followed after the original with the latest addition, The Roadchip, which was released on December 18th, 2015.
This movie continued to follow the life of Dave Seville, played by Jason Lee, and his three singing chipmunks, Alvin (Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler), and Theodore (Jesse McCarthy). In this sequel, the chipmunks follow Dave to Florida, in an attempt to stop him from proposing to his girlfriend.
The chipmunks are accompanied by Miles, played by Josh Green, who is Dave’s girlfriend’s son. In the beginning of the story, the four despise each other but eventually bond during their trip.
This film was different than the other sequels, with the chipettes being only in specific scenes of the film, focusing more on the original chipmunks. Amy Poehler, the original voice actor of Eleanor, one of the chipettes, did not return her role in this film. Instead, the part was given to Kaley Cuoco.
Bella Thorne made some appearances in the movie as Ashley, a famous singer and friend of the chipmunks.
Being a musical, the soundtrack of the movie was filled with new and previous songs. Mark Mothersbaugh and the musical department made sure the film fell nothing short in the music category.
Iconic songs included Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars, and Geronimo by Sheppard, which the Chipmunks covered in different scenes of the movie. Other lyrics from songs like Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-A-Lot were also sung throughout parts.
Although the soundtrack was very much enjoyable during the film, the plotline was unsatisfactory. None of the sequels can compare to the original Alvin and the Chipmunks, but this one fell far below the bar.
There is one way to describe the antagonist of this story, boring and repetitive. Agent James Suggs, portrayed by Tony Hale, was an Air Marshal who spent the duration of the story trying to catch the chipmunks who wrecked havoc on the plane on their way to Florida. I, was looking forward to see the original villain, Ian Hawke (David Cross), from the past 3 movies.
Comparing the two villains, Suggs was not nearly as funny as Hawke and did not have much purpose in the movie. He was quickly defeated by the animated chipmunks unlike Hawke, who had been able to capture all of them at one point or another in the previous movies.
After watching this movie, I do not look forward for another sequel and I hope the producers end the series. The original will always be loved more than any other of the following movies.