Me: When I have a son, I want to name him Theodore.
Mom: Theodore? From Alvin and the Chipmunks?
Me: No Mom. Theodore Lawrence, from Louissa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’.
The above anecdote is actually a true story and while I might not have known it then bit would actually serve as an introduction to a movie review, I was going to write.
My mom, associating the name ‘Theodore’ with the tiny singing trio, just goes to show that even adults have some love for the mischievous musical chipmunks.
Okay. Let’s get this out there, it’s the fourth Chipmunks movie already, one too many-perhaps. One thing is for sure though, ‘The Road Chip’ is not only a movie for the kids but it’s something that even parents and adults accompanying them will enjoy too.
Alvin and the gang have reason to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend Samantha which could leave the clueless chipmunks defenseless in the cruel woods to defend for themselves. They from an unlikely alliance with Samantha’s teenage son Miles (Josh Green) as they all agree that they don’t want to be related to each other, in any way.
Thus begins a musical road trip where the human-and-three-chipmunk team face the wrath of an obsessive Air Marshall (trying to channel some bad ass Liam Neeson).
There’s a lot of slapstick comedy, some spot-on-humor and a bit of cliche scenes with cringe worthy acting and an unnecessary conflict of ‘The Chippetes’ being more popular than Alvin and his brothers. The kids will love it but the adults won’t hate it. There’s a beautiful lesson about love and family in the end, which makes the movie a good-enough family film to see during the weekend.
4/10 ⭐️s, “Alvin and the Chipmunks 4: The Road Chip” opens January 20 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.