Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Six years ago, they disappeared without a trace. Next summer, they finally resurface.
Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still trying to get back to the Big Apple and their beloved Central Park zoo, but first they need to find the penguins. When they travel to Monte Carlo, they attract the attention of Animal Control after gate crashing a party and are joined by the penguins, King Julian and Co., and the monkeys. How do a lion, zebra, hippo, giraffe, four penguins, two monkeys, three lemurs travel through Europe without attracting attention and get back to New York? They join a traveling circus. Their attempts to get back to New York are consistently hampered by the Captain of Animal Control who wants to make Alex part of her collection. Once they make it back to New York Marty, Alex, Gloria and Melman realize that they want to be part of the traveling circus.
My daughter's first ever trip to the cinema, a gift for her birthday.
Her response to the film?
' Daddy! Daddy! Did you see the lion and the evil woman and the thing with the circus and the funny monkeys and the giraffe with the hippo and the stuff with the thing in the tent and the zebra??......can I please have a penguin?'
Best. Day. Ever.
How did they get a cake in Africa?
How did they build an exact replica of New York out of sand without having it topple over easily?
How did they build an exact replica of New York despite having been stuck in the zoo their entire lives?
How did they manage to get from Africa to Monaco?
Why do people freak out when they see the animals running around in Monaco, but everywhere else they're okay with it?
How do these animals fit through their own individual pipes that are clearly too big for them?
Why are monkeys dressed as the King Louis a good disguise for the French?
How did the Penguins get their own hotel and not attract…
Madagascar franchise is a bit weird, it gets better with the sequels. This one is definitely entertaining, sweet, and silly. I recommend this as a good family watch, it's nice for kids and adults.
Dreamworks studio are always willing to milk a cash cow dry or flog a dead horse if they think they can make money from it. Making a third Madagascar film seems like the cynical commercially driven decision you’d expect from the studio that managed to eke out four Shrek movies. Yet Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted at least tries to right the wrongs of the previous instalments. The quest to return home is largely sidelined here in favour of an endless stream of slapstick and kinetic action sequences.
The odd matched foursome, along with other series regulars, escape to Monte Carlo, receive unwanted attention from a relentless animal control officer and then find themselves joining the circus. In story terms…
This was a lot of fun. Some great visual gags almost reminded me of the Marx Brothers and there was a playful sense of anarchy throughout most of its running time. It was hyperactive, absurdly bright and visually superb.
The plot was some fluff about returning home (aye/nae? shall we/shant we? etc) and lacks the depth of the best Pixar offerings (a yawn-inducing truth if ever there was one) but the imagination on show more than made up for that.
If this is an average film for kids these days, I'd say that's indicative of a pretty healthy state of affairs.
Not very realistic if you ask me.
This 3rd installment of the Dreamworks franchise, while often resorting to a frenetic pace and splashes of high key color to cover a rather weak story line, still manages to capture, at least in part, the zany good feelings of the first two films.
Though I got the feeling that this effort was… well more of an effort – in other words, it didn’t quite embody the carefree zaniness of the first film – I was still entertained, and there were enough laugh out loud moments to satisfy. Sasha Baron Cohen’s lemur is a prime example – I totally loved his non-sequiter craziness in the earlier films, but here, many of the jokes just don’t reach the same heights of…
why did they make so many
They tried to pack way to much into this plot.
There's something quite enjoyable about this, it brings new characters and a fresher storyline.
The Madagascar films are the epitome of cartoon mediocrity. They look pretty and finish strong to try and keep it fresh in your mind that it's all a lot of fun but the first half hour of this film is nothing at all. I remember Dirk saying, after seeing the second Madagascar, that he wished they'd give up on Alex and company and concentrate on the penguins. I totally agree with this statement and Madagascar 3 just backs up the second one for showing how lame the majority of the central characters are. Only Chris Rock shows up for the third movie. The penguins, for the third time, dominate the gags. Everything funny or worthwhile comes from them. The rest is a weird mixture of extremely childish action, which also makes no sense, and jokes that fall flat.
I did not like the first two ones but this one was awesome.
Enough laughs to keep this series still going. A fourth will probably happen and it wouldn't be the worst thing to happen.
Definitely has an enjoyable ending, but a vast majority of this film feels like such a trudge to get there. Combine this with the fact that most of the characters feel like cliches of themselves, and I can hardly justify giving this film anymore than three stars. Solid re-watch, but still feels a little empty.
Easily the best of the three so far.