Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, 2012.
Directed by Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath and Conrad Vernon.
Featuring the voice talents of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Frances McDormand, Jessica Chastain, Andy Richter, Bryan Cranston, Martin Short and Vinnie Jones.
Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their
beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they
find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent -
The Madagascar series hasn't been one of the better animated
franchises. Sure, the first two movies have made more
than enough money, but neither of them were particularly great movies.
Now comes the third installment, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, and I'll be damned if I
didn't have a good time watching this one.
What separates this
one from the first two is that the filmmakers decided to just go all
out and be completely crazy this time around. As far as the story goes,
we follow our favorite animals Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the
Zebra (Chris Rock), Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the
Giraffe (David Schwimmer) as they venture out on another adventure.
Feeling homesick from being away from New York for so long, the animals - along
with their friends King Julian (Sacha Baron Cohen), those devious
penguins and a couple of monkeys - set out to get back to the New York
zoo. After outrunning a
crazy Animal Control officer (Frances McDormand), complications keep them stranded in France, where they group up
with a traveling circus which will make its way to the United States.
Right from the get go this Madagascar is
balls to the wall crazy. Starting things off with a semi-heist that
leads into an insane car chase is only the start of things to come.
There are so many moments here that will make you laugh because of how
over-the-top they do everything. Moving at a very brisk pace, the movie
never stops to slow down and keeps shoving more spectacle and colorful
wonderment constantly in your face for an hour and a half. I'm not a
particular fan of the song "Firework" by Katy Perry but there are two
scenes involving the circus here that have the song playing and they
make it work so well. Both of those scenes are nothing short of dazzling
and I couldn't help but watch them with a smile on my face.
thing I usually don't like with sequels to animated movies is when they
introduce a handful of new characters who feel unnecessary. That's not
the case with Madagascar 3 as they introduce some new colorful
characters who add a lot to the story. Bryan Cranston, Jessica Chastain
and Martin Short voice characters who are a part of the traveling
circus, each of them have their own back story and they help contribute
to some funny and heartfelt moments. The supporting cast from the
previous movies are back this time around too and once again it's the
penguins and King Julian who end up stealing the show. Frances McDormand
also does a bit of scene stealing herself as Captain Chantel DuBois.
main characters mesh quite well together with the new batch of colorful
characters. All of the voice actors are great once again, especially
Ben Stiller and Chris Rock. Both Jada Pinkett Smith and David Schwimmer
have reduced roles this time around to make way for all the new
characters. While they were never the central focus of either of the
first two movies, it seemed odd to push them aside but
the new characters turned out great so it all worked out.
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted goes
all out and provides nonstop entertainment. While the story could have
been better, the voice cast, over-the-top shenanigans and amazing circus
sequences make this worth watching.
Flickering Myth Rating - Film: ★ ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★ ★