Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – Movie Review

Da-da-dadada da-da Circus! Da-da-dadada da-da Afro! Circus! Afro! Circus! Afro! Polka-dot, Polka-dot, Polka-dot! Afro! Yes folks, the crazy animals of Madagascar are back in Dreamwork’s new sequel Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. Back directing are Eric Darnell & Tom McGrath and with them return the original cast, including Ben Stiller (Alex the Lion), Chris Rock (Marty the Zebra), David Schwimmer (Melman the Giraffe), Jada Pinkett Smith (Gloria the Hippo) and Sacha Baron Cohen (King Julien).

Madagascar 3 continues from the events of the second film, where the animals – Alex, Marty, Melman & Gloria – are trying to figure out the best way to get home to their beloved zoo in the Big Apple. Driven to get back home, they decide to travel to Monte Carlo to find the penguins, who are gambling their flippers off with the monkey’s & lemurs at Hotel De Paris. After an unsuccessful “covert” operation to get into the hotel – scarring the living daylights out of all the guests and creating mass chaos – the team find themselves being chased around Monte Carlo by animal control and their notorious leader, Captain Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand). Needing to find the best way through & out of Europe, and away from Captain DuBois, they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus!

If you thought the previous two films were crazy, it just got crazy-er! Madagascar 3 brings a refreshing new story, a bunch of new characters and a dose of 3D. Together, its a completely different “animal”. The story is quite entertaining and very easy to follow, taking the animals on a journey that involves lots of adventure, quite a bit of danger and a good mix of love. Of course, the story does have its random points. For instance: one moment they are in Africa and the next moment, somehow, they end up in Europe. This however is no big deal. Why? Well, its an animated comedy-film that’s supposed to make you laugh your pants of, which it does very well!

The characters in this film are brilliant. Having the original cast back to do the voice overs has kept the feel of the previous Madagascar films, while the addition of new characters has really brought together the new story. The creation of McDormand’s Captain DuBois is a great addition, giving the story a brilliant antagonist. McDormand does a fantastic job with the voice over, setting the appropriate tone at various parts of the film. The new circus animals that join the Madagascar crew are just hilarious, making the whole film a joy to watch.

3D is a fantastic addition to any animated film as it adds that extra oomph to the experience. However, the technology has been used repetitively in very similar instances throughout the film and with the move being 85 minutes long, you are likely to get bored of it. It, however, does not take away from the experience and is definitely something that would wow the kids, which is really what the movie hopes to do.

Madagascar 3 is an all-round fun film that the whole family will enjoy! With a great mix of crazy characters, a fun story line and endless moments of dance-able music, Madagascar 3 is definitely worth a watch! It the immortal words of King Julien, MOVE IT!

Madagascar 3 is now out in theatre’s everywhere.