Lets be honest here, as a parent an Alvin and the Chipmunks movie is not really your idea of fun. I get that, in fact, that was me as I tried my hardest to make sure that there weren’t enough seats for me AND the husband to take the children to the screening.
Things started off in their usual way, lots of celebrities I didn’t recognise getting fast tracked through the doors whilst we stood in the cold. Orange it seems is a by word for speed through the VUE cinema queue in Leicester Square. It was most amusing though to be quite honest as we had lots of fun guessing who the people were and it turned out that the movie had sucked in some well known names; Vanessa Feltz, Stacey Soloman, Amy Childs, some bloke from the Gadget Show amongst others. All subject to the thrill of getting sideswiped by my husband who likes to carry a large rucksack everywhere filled to the brim with outdoor essentials. The fact they all turned up suggested that there was probably something to these Alvin movies which we had clearly missed.
This is a whimsical story of a road trip to Miami for various reasons which will spoil the film if I spell them out. But I have to say, much to our surprise we thought the film was great. It started off in a really uplifting way and carried on providing some good laughs. There was something for the adults as well as the children and we laughed out loud several times (as adults).
One of the things which surprised me was how good the music actually was, it was great fun jigging away with the kids and strangely compelling to watch. We also enjoyed spotting all the cameos, John Waters playing himself was the last thing I expected.
Possibly the best Chipmunks film in my opinion, although we’ll have to re-watch the others now. The kids (4, 7, 8) all gave it a big thumbs up and we all came out buzzing and in a good mood. That doesn’t happen often, so I’d suggest this might actually be your perfect half term movie.
Have a go at the Alvin and The ChipMunks game
Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip arrives on February 12th with advance screenings across the UK on February 6th and 7th. Fans can check showtimes and book tickets here: http://www.alvinmovietickets.co.uk
Run time: 92 mins
Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami…and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.
Starring Jason Lee as Dave (Alvin and The Chipmunks franchise), Tony Hale (Arrested Development, Veep), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Father of the Bride) Josh Green (The Good Wife), Bella Thorne (Disney’s Shake It Up, The Duff) and Justin Long (He’s Just Not That Into You) as Alvin, Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) as Simon, Jesse McCartney (Alvin and The Chipmunks franchise) as Theodore, and Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) as Eleanor, Anna Faris (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs franchise) as Jeanette, and Christina Applegate (Anchorman) as Brittany.
Directed by Walt Becker (Wild Hogs), Produced by Janice Karman, p.g.a. and Ross Bagdasarian, p.g.a. and Written by Randi Mayem Singer (Mrs Doubtfire) and Adam Sztykiel (Due Date), based on characters Alvin and The Chipmunks created by Ross Bagdasarian and The Chipettes created by Janice Karman.