Monday, June 4, 2012

Madagascar 3 - Europe's Most Wanted

I’d be “Lion” if I told you it was bad.

Usually by the time a “kids” movie hits the triquel (sequel + 1) level you don’t expect too much out of it. Studios sometimes send them straight to video. Well throw that thinking away! (At least for Madagascar).

They’re all back. Alex (Ben Stiller), Marty (Chris Rock), Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith), Melman (David Schwimmer), the Penguins, King Julien, the Chimps, and it’s another crazy ride. The penguins and chimps left to get help and gamble at Monte Carlo and Alex is getting tired of waiting for their return to save them from Madagascar and take them back to their zoo in New York. That leaves only one thing to do, get back on their own.

The zoo crew shows up in Monte Carlo where they stir up some trouble and get a predatory animal control officer, Captain Chantel DuBois, on their tails. Pretending to be circus animals, they escape on a circus train. The plan is to travel to London, perform for an American talent agent, and head back to New York. There are only a few hitches. The circus performs poorly, Captain Dubois will not give up the hunt, and they need an act.

This movie made kids squeal with laughter, adults chuckle out loud, and had music and quotes that stuck with you for the rest of the day. You’re kids will love the movie, even if they haven’t seen the first two movies. You may be surprised if after the movie you feel the urge to buy a rainbow afro wig. Grab the kids and go have some fun. 

Dave Murawski

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