by: JENNY GARZA/Entertainment Editor
When the opening credits have someone yelling the name of the troublesome chipmunk, you know it will be one of the classics.
“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” is the fourth installment in the Alvin and the Chipmunks series.
I have seen all the live-action Chipmunk movies, and I can say that I did love the first one but not the second two. When hearing about this one coming into theaters, I immediately thought the worse of it.
The first film began the series with three little chipmunks, Alvin (Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler), and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) singing in a tree and storing nuts.
They just happened to not be very good at one of those things. Halfway through the song, the nuts burst out of the tree and the tree is then hauled away to be a Christmas tree somewhere.
David (Jason Lee) is a struggling songwriter, so what better way to make things interesting than by throwing three singing, talking, and dancing chipmunks his way.
In the films “The Squeakquel” and “Chipwrecked,” The Chipettes, Brittany (Christina Applegate), Jeanette (Anna Fairs), and Eleanor (Amy Pohler) are now part of the family and perform with the boys throughout the last three films. In the “Squeakquel” film, the boys start high school and are in a music competition to be able to represent the school, and they are up against the Chipettes.
In the film “Chipwrecked,” the chipmunks and the chipettes go on a cruise with David. When Alvin gets into one of his troublesome accidents, the five little chipmunks must save him. This does not work out well, because they are lifted from the ship and carried away to a deserted island, where David must go to save them.
In this film, almost all the original cast returns, excluding Poehler. Kaley Cuoco, who is Penny on “The Big Bang Theory,” voiced little Eleanor from the Chipettes.
The film first begins with the boys and David spending the day at a mini golf course, where the boys meet David’s new girlfriend, Samantha, (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) and her son Miles (Josh Green). In front of David and Samantha, the boys are nice and civil to each other. But when their backs are turned, the claws come out.
They soon find out the boys have to stay home alone because David is going on a business trip to Miami and taking Samantha with him. The chipmunks find an engagement ring and jump to conclusions. Then they find out Miles is also staying with the brothers, which is a bad idea from the start. All four boys decide that they must go to Miami to stop him from proposing to Samantha.
They embark on their journey, leaving messes, bar brawls, and even parties behind in their wake. As all the boys continue on their quest to make sure David does not propose to Samantha, they begin to grow to care for each other and can actually see themselves becoming friends. Miles, who at first would shove the brothers into water or sell little Theodore to any random person because he could sing, was now being kind to them because of their similarities to each other.
The Chipettes also make an appearance in this film, and, of course, they are helping Alvin out of a tight spot when they appear.
When first watching these films that combine CGI and live-action, you are not expecting the CGI to look great with a person or live scene behind it. The CGI on the other chipmunks movies was not the greatest.
As they continued with the films, it has been getting better. They have become better with the Chipmunks’ expressions and movements and making the chipmunks look like they are part of the scene without making them look fake.
Also, in this film, the jokes were better and the scenes were made to play out funnier, which worked out perfectly for the young and old in the audience. The characters’ stories allow for the viewer to fall in love with them and makes them want to hug them and say, “It’s OK, we’ll get through this together.”
This film got in touch with its original roots and shows how each character grows and progresses to get to the final scenes. It allows for the viewer to connect with them and put themselves in their place if they had a similar situation like not knowing whether something is true or who they can count on.
For all those things, I will give this film a 4 out of 5 stars.