Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Blu-ray Review
If you ever wanted to hear a rodent sing Beyonce, here's your chance...
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel begins with the trio rocking out on a world tour, but it's only a matter of time before Alvin's antics accidently put their guardian Dave (Jason Lee) in a hospital. He sends them home to be cared for by his aunt while he recuperates, and even goes so far as to enroll them in high school to make their childhood more normal. Although the three are initially bullied, Alvin manages to work his way into the cool crowd which puts a wedge between him and his chipmunk brothers. Things are further complicated by the arrival of the Chippettes, female versions of the three chipmunks who sing as well. Will they all learn that it's family and the music that matter most?
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel is strictly for kids, and specifically for those that enjoyed the first film. There's not much here for adults, as the chipmunk voices quickly grow annoying and the thin plot merely serves to barely tie together one chipmunk escapade after another that struggles to fill out its 80 minute running time. It would be nice if a little more effort went into the story, but smaller kids won't notice that older folks have seen it all before. My four year old niece likes it, but one viewing is more than enough for me.
The Blu-ray version of the film includes separate DVD and digital copy discs, so you can keep on in the car and transfer one to your PC and leave the HiDef Blu-ray disc at home. The picture and sound are definitely well done on the Blu-ray, so you can crank up those falsetto covers of pop hits if that's your thing. There's a good collection of special features on the disc that will appeal to Chipmunks fans, and not just those of the movies but those that grew up watching the cartoon in the 80s as well. It all basically comes down to this: if you have kids that liked the first movie they'll enjoy seeing more of the same, but adults should steer clear.
Transmitted: 1/30/2015 3:49:30 AM