Movie Review: ‘Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers’ Is Loads of Fun for Everyone

Movie review: 'Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers' is great fun for everyone

director: Akiva Shaffer

Writer: Dan Gregor and Doug Mand

stars: John Mulaney, Andy Samberg, KiKi Layne, Will Arnett

Synopsis: Thirty years after their popular TV show ended, chipmunks Chip and Dale live very different lives. When a cast member from the original series mysteriously disappears, the pair must reunite to save their friend.

I’ll get this out of the way: without The Lonely Island at the helm, Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers it might have been one of the worst IP-driven pieces of content ever created. I feel like there’s nothing more egregious than having pre-existing intellectual property within a movie that doesn’t justify it just to get the audience to point out things they know. worst scene of free boy had two sub-Disney IPs inserted into a two-minute “moment” (plus a cameo to indicate to the audience that, yes, the movie is a joke), but had no emotional connection to anything that happened in the actual movie .

There are many IPs in Chip and Dale—perhaps too many. There are moments when it doesn’t work, but these moments are so few and far between that I was amazed at the number of times I was in stitches throughout the entire movie, whether it was because of the weirdest possible cameos or because of the incredible chemistry that John Mulaney had. and Andy Samberg have as main characters. If someone else, say Shawn Levy, were at the helm of this, it probably wouldn’t have been as fun and visually exciting as what director Akiva Schaffer and cinematographer Larry Fong bring to the table here.

Fong is an odd choice for cinematographer, having previously worked on Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, vigilantes, kong: Skull Island, Y The predator. But you can clearly see why Schaffer chose him as cinematographer when the action scenes start to happen; there is real geography (and color!) within each and every frame. Fong knows where to position his live-action and animated characters for maximum visual effect, and every time they interact with each other, it all feels so fluid to the audience and it’s fun to watch that interaction within the metaworld of the film.

And it is a pity that this film has not been released in theaters. It’s rare nowadays to see a family film with so much creativity, both in front of and behind the camera, so it would have really benefited from the cinematic experience. A movie this special doesn’t deserve to be streamed, especially when it’s the closest this generation will ever get. Who killed Roger Rabbit? Granted, it doesn’t quite reach the same levels as the Robert Zemeckis film, but it’s a very funny moment in the movies and seeing it on a television screen feels criminal for a film that celebrates the best that the world has to offer. rescue ranger show has to offer, within a modern and extremely meta setting that will make young children laugh a lot, who will enjoy Chip ‘n DaleIt’s slapstick, as well as for adults who will understand most of the references the movie throws at them.

I think that’s part of the reason I enjoyed the movie so much: Adult jokes are funnier than kid jokes, but the movie deftly balances both types of humor in such a way that everyone will laugh at what they want. The film is packed with so much creativity that it’s hard not to laugh at some of the wildest cameos you’ll see all year. But even without them, the movie is a complete riot, because it retains the carefree spirit of the original Rescue Rangers TV series.

A big smile broke out on my face when we first saw Chip and Dale reunite again, as Monterey Jack (Eric Bana) looks for help, with Chip (Mulaney) drawn by hand, while Dale (Samberg) is in full 3D. The animation effects are great, as the film constantly uses different animated techniques within a rich, fully realized world where literally anything is possible, and anyone you meet (even the ones you’d like to erase from your memory) can appear. . Chip and Dale investigate the disappearance of Monterey Jack, from Sweet Pete (Will Arnett), a failed Peter Pan who now dedicates his life to creating bootleg versions of animated films, changing the appearance of the original characters.

The caper itself is a riot to see. There are too many surprises to reveal here, but let’s just say fans of the Rescue Rangers series will be more than satisfied, especially when the movie brings back iconic series characters Gadget (Tress MacNellie) and Zipper (Dennis Haysbert) for the climax. Mulaney and Samberg bring out their A-game, and there are plenty of scenes where their chemistry goes into overdrive, particularly one where they rap about whales (classic Lonely Island). The supporting cast is also in on the joke, with JK Simmons’s Captain Putty, a claymation police chief, and Seth Rogen’s Bob, a Beowulf-esque motion-captured character, being the highlights of the film.

But the film fails with its antagonist. The film bases the character on the personal life of Bobby Driscoll. The child star, who starred Treasure Island, and played Peter Pan in the 1953 film, was fired from Disney after hitting puberty, which led him to become addicted to hard drugs and subsequently die of an overdose, and his body was found in an abandoned cot on a street corner in New York City. by two children who were playing there. His mother only found out about his death a year later. In her own words: “I’ve found that memories don’t do much good. They brought me on a silver platter and then they threw me in the garbage. What does Sweet Pete say? “Then I got older and they dumped me like it was nothing. He was scared, desperate and completely alone.” When I found out that Arnett would be playing Sweet Pete, I didn’t think the similarities between his character and Driscoll’s life were intentional.

That changed when I saw the movie and Pete paraphrased exactly what Driscoll did a few years before he died. Not only does he feel extremely disrespectful to Driscoll’s legacy, but he also leaves a bad taste in our mouths when we realize that Disney probably approved of this before production began. The study essentially admits that, yes, they were responsible for Driscoll’s decline and eventual demise from drugs, throwing him out like it was nothing because he was going through puberty…as all human beings will inevitably go through as they grow older. .

If the movie had included another antagonist and removed Driscoll’s story from Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, would probably have been one of the best live-action/animation hybrids I’ve ever seen. Because if you strip this whole story out entirely, you get an insanely funny animated adventure with brilliant vocal performances, well-written humor, and the most unexpected cameos you’ve ever seen in a movie. Chip and Dale film (even if some of them don’t always work), through to another expertly shot production by Larry Fong, who has established himself as one of the greatest cinematographers of our time. There is a lot of fun in this movie, and if you are a fan of Rescue Rangers and animation in general, you will be more than satisfied. Now, here’s a franchise that I wouldn’t mind continuing with endless sequels and spin-off series, even if the movies were released in theaters.

Grade: B+

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