Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Review

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is the latest installment of the franchise from DreamWorks. I’ve always felt like the series was colorful, fun, and easygoing, but nothing out of this world or extremely revolutionary. That’s how I feel about this film as well. It’s amusing, lively, goes down easy, but it doesn’t break any ground or have any real drive behind it. It’s junk food in the animated world.
In the third chapter, the gang is still trying to get back to New York, but instead they find themselves in Europe joining the circus. The circus gang is convinced that they are part of another circus, which is why they agree to let them join their show. As they say, the circus stays together. Before long, they discover that Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer), and Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett-Smith) can help them regain their desire and love for the circus and infuse some passion into it.

The new characters that are introduced in this film include Stefano the sea lion (Martin Short), Gia the jaguar (Jessica Chastain), and Vitaly the tiger (Bryan Cranston). There is also a subplot involving a romance between Julien (Sacha Baron Cohen) and Sonya the bear (Frank Welker), even though there is a clear difference in their size. There is also an incredibly skilled and gifted villain in the film named Captain Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand). She can fly through buildings with relative ease, yet seems to have extreme difficultly capturing these zoo animals on the loose.