Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
The act of going to the movies has become a circus. You pay top dollar to watch some clowns (comedies), Acrobats (action), guitar strummers (musicals), a freak show (horror), and of course, the animals (family). I remember going to the circus when I was a boy and I loved it. I would sit with my dad as we both laughed, awed, and clapped at all the acts we just saw. It’s been a while since I gone to a real circus. I know a lot of work goes into it, but I rarely have time to see those shows. This movie brings a new kind of circus to the big screen.
I’ll say it simply; I’m not a fan of the Madagascar series. For the past three movies, we’ve followed four zoo animals as they try to get back to their beloved Central Park Zoo. Rounding up the quartet, we have Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Melman the giraffe (David Swimmer). Also along for the ride is King Julian (Sacha Baron Cohen) and my favorite characters, the spy agent-like Penguins. The first two movies failed to impress me. This third outing has somewhat accomplished this.
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is something you call a backfire. It’s when there’s something about the movie I cared more about then the main focus. In this case, it’s the circus. For about thirty minutes, we waste a lot of time in Monte Carlo as the animals meet up wit the penguins to get on their plane home. The biggest problem is that the pacing is wrong. One minute, we go into Alex’s psychology of getting home to New York, and then suddenly, were thrown into Europe without any explanation of how they got there. How could they skip over something that draws too many questions?
Needing to hide from Europe’s animal control, they stow away onto a circus train that may be heading for America. This was where the film picked up for me. I liked the passion these animals have for their show. I liked hearing the backstory on Victor, the Russian tiger who can jump through any hoop. I even liked the romance between King Julian and a little bear on a tricycle. I found this much more captivating, then anything the previous Madagascar films have given me. Oh, and there’s a phenomenal circus scene in London set to Katy Perry’s Firework.
Why can’t I just get a film about these circus animals? Life’s not fair, but I guess it will have to do. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is something that children will love. The other movies have brought in big cash for DreamWorks and there’s a popular series on Nickelodeon. Since it’s about the penguins, I might have to see it. I hope that this is the last of the series. Most of the jokes in the movies by the star animals are brought down by lackluster jokes from lackluster screenplays. Madagascar will never go down as a great animated series, but the third one put a little smile on my face.
I’ll give this three and a half out of five rainbow afro wigs. It may be mildly likable movie, this is probably the best were going to get from Madagascar. All I want is the three-ring circus from the story.