CHIP 'N DALE: RESCUE RANGERS
Starring: Andy Samberg, John Mulaney, KiKi Layne, Will Arnett, Eric Bana, Seth Rogen, Tim Robinson, and J.K. Simmons
Director: Akiva Schaffer
I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is kind of great. Sure, it’s essentially Who Framed Roger Rabbit for a new generation, but it’s also a 97-minute meta Easter Egg wrapped in a love letter to people who grew up in the 90s. There are just so many references, many of which are super deep cuts, that I was basically the real-life embodiment of the “Leonardo DiCaprio points at the screen” meme the entire time. Does the movie work if you don’t get the references? Yeah, probably, but it’s a whole lot better if you do.
Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers may be filled with Easter Eggs and random IPs, but it’s far from the soulless outing that was the Space Jam sequel. Instead, we’re treated to a unique satirical take on reboots that addresses Hollywood’s lack of originality these days. The visual humor and plentiful cameos help serve up a lot of laughs, but it’s the clever script and great character work that keep you invested. There’s virtually nothing I would change. Ultimately, it’s a worthy successor to Who Framed Roger Rabbit and it bodes well for the future of comedy films.
Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is the right way to use existing IP in a film (unlike the gratuitous nature of Space Jam: A New Legacy). Andy Samberg and John Mulaney step into the roles of the iconic chipmunks, and while Mulaney is especially great as the disgruntled Chip, it’s Seth Rogen who plays the role of scene-stealer. However, the real highlights of the film are the Easter Eggs, and there are tons hidden throughout (Lego Miserables and Fast & Furious Babies being among my favourites). I don’t think anyone was clamoring for a new Chip ‘n Dale movie, but I’m glad we got one.
Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is a total blast. The Who Framed Roger Rabbit-esque reboot is one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a while. I was dying of laughter at not just the Lonely Island humor, but all the meta references and cameos that were somehow allowed in this movie. The characters that pop up throughout are hilarious, but also do a great job at world building, while Andy Samberg and John Mulaney were perfectly cast as the titular chipmunks. Nothing revolutionary about the story, but I wanted to watch this again as soon as it ended.