Madagascar: Europe’s Most Wanted review

Director:
Eric Darnell
Cast:
Ben Stiller
Chris Rock
David Schwimmer
Jada Pinkett Smith
Sacha Baron Cohen
Frances McDormand
Rated: PG

The epic conclusion to the Madagascar saga!

“Madagascar 3” follows our main characters from the past two movies, four New York Zoo animals who have by this film explored a lot of the world. In this film we find our characters in Europe preparing to return to New York City along with the genius penguins. However, they are spotted and an animal catcher named Captain Chantel DuBois (McDormand) goes after them stopping at nothing to find them.

Because of this, the animals have to go on the run and join a circus. The plan is to stay with the circus to get back to the United States yet as time goes on they become more involved with the other circus animals and have to decide whether to stay with it and help it out or not.

The story of Madagascar 3 is very simple. The entire thing is predictable and there are a lot of cliches along the way. However, it still manages to have some fun moments through out, making for an OK experience. The problem is the character arcs just feel finished from the previous installments, so there isn’t much left to do.

The characters themselves are fine and since it’s the third film there is some chemistry here and the voice acting is strong. The new circus characters added were also fun and added something fresh to the film. My only problem is the bear in the film, since it couldn’t talk, every other animal could talk except the bear, just to have some gags.

I’ve never been the biggest fan of the animation in the Madagascar films, the character designs always seemed off to me. And while the designs are the same, there are some awesome visual sequences in this film which do look great. One scene for example, a major circus performance is absolutely great to watch, having all kind of colors.

Compared to some other CG animated films over the past few years, especially those with animals, Madagascar doesn’t really hold up. There are some nice gags and jokes which got some laughs however for the most part the story is just uninteresting. There are some nice things to look at though. High 2 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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