Nothing chipper about this load of chipmunk
MIKE Mitchell’s seemingly witless second sequel to the 2007 part-animated hit, derived from a bit of ’50s pop-culture debris, Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked bears a surprising resemblance to JeanLuc Godard’s Film Socialisme. It’s not only the cruise ship setting, but also a blatant contempt for conventional narrative and American culture. (The opening shot is so shameless, it ends up mocking Hollywood product placement.) Godard-style subtitles might actually make it possible to occasionally understand what the Chipmunks and the Chippettes are saying. Or possibly explain why human female lead Jenny Slate sometimes breaks into a random French accent while mugging her way through a sentence. By this point, the movie has switched to channelling Luis Bunuel’s Robinson Crusoe – that is, if Bunuel had thought of throwing in references to Cast Away, Top Hat and, so help me, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, along with the occasional rap number. You usually have to watch an Adam Sandler movie to see something as incompetently made as Alvin and The Chipmunks. It couldn’t have been easy for Jason Lee to keep a straight face while saying: ‘‘I’m not in this for the money.’’
– LOU LUMENICK
Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked opens on Sunday (New Year’s day).