(2007) dir. Tim Hill
viewed: 12/15/07 at Century San Francisco Centre, SF, CA
Not much to say here. Modernizing Alvin and the Chipmunks isn’t exactly looting one of the great treasures of the world for a contemporary film. And it’s also not exactly as awful as a lot of other films that I have seen. I mean, this wasn’t even the worst animated feature film that I’ve seen this year. That would go to either Bee Movie (2007) or most likely Shrek the Third (2007)…but let us not forget Arthur and the Invisibles (2006).
Some would say, why even take the kids to films like this? Is there any value?
Well, the bottom line is that they actually quite enjoyed this one. Animated chipmunks, singing their songs, Jason Lee, David Cross of all people (slumming for a paycheck one would guess). Still, it’s less embarrassing that it could have been.
That’s not to say it’s great or even good. Let’s not get unreal here. It is what it is. I’ve seen a lot worse.