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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. They travel to Monte Carlo where they attract the attention of Animal Control after gate crashing a party and are joined by the penguins, King Julian and Co., the monkeys and a new arrival a performing llama. How do a lion, zebra, hippo, giraffe, four penguins, two monkeys, three lemurs and a llama travel through Europe without attracting attention? They join a traveling circus.
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jdkraus 18 May 2013
I saw this at a drive-in. There were multiple "technical difficulties"and the movie did not start on time. Even with these discrepancies,"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" proves to be the most entertaininganimation this year. It outdoes its predecessors in so many levels.Bored with their time in Africa, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloriathe Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe make an effort to get back to the BigApple. They end up getting pursued by Europe's most notorious animalcatcher, Chantel Dubois. To evade capture, they hide out with an animalcircus that is traveling Europe. Here they meet new friends and attemptto work their way home. A huge advantage to this Madagascar over theothers is the story. Sure, the plot is simple, but it is effective. Thefact that there is a villain helps push it alongÂunlike the otherMadagascar films. These movies have always been known for going over the top. This onetakes it to the extent that it is ridiculously funny. The penguinsclean out casinos with the help of the monkeys in human disguise. Atiger can jump through a circus ring that is smaller than a doorknob.King Julien falls in love with a bear that wears a tutu and rides abicycle. The animals drive a car in a chase that nearly destroys MonteCarlo. And all of this is just within the first half hour. The voicetalent from the previous films return at their very best, which scoressome points. However, the new voice actors outshine the original cast. Martin Shortdelivers cleverly as the idiotic Italian Seal Stefano. Bryan Cranstonpulls off a marvelous Russian accent as Vitaly the Tiger. JessicaChastain sells as the adorable Gia. The one who tops them all though isFrances McDormand as Captain Chantel DuboisÂthe movie's antagonist. Shemakes a good French accent and enunciates her words with a sly,devilishness. In addition, her character design and the animators makeher capable of anything. She can dodge vehicles in a car chase, crawlon all fours like a spider, and even sing her minions to perfecthealth. If an animated character could win an Oscar, it should go toChantel Dubois! I enjoyed every minute of this movie and I will buy it when it hits theretail stores. As Skipper says, "Well that was worth the price ofadmission."
jaxbubba 18 May 2013
A very cute family film that the whole family should enjoy. BenStiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and David Schwimmer allreprise their roles as the lovable "fish-out-of-water" NYC zoo animalsAlex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman theGiraffe. In their attempt to get back to the NYC zoo, the gang mustjoin a Russian Circus in order to avoid capture.In hot pursuit of our fleeing heroes is French Animal Control personCaptain Chantel Dubois (voiced by Academy Award Winner FrancesMcDormand from "Fargo"). She plays the villianess role superbly;surrounded by a team of Clouseau-type detectives, she is determined toadd Alex's head to her wall of mounted trophies.Equally entertaining are the cast of misfit circus performers. Theirleader and one time star performer is Vitaly (Bryan Cranston) thetiger, who was injured while performing, and has lost his courage toperform. However, it is Stephano (Martin Short) the half-witted sealion, who will steal your heart.But the true stars of the film, as in the two prior films, are theMadagascar PenguinsÂ . They truly steal every scene that they are in.The team of Kowalski (Chris Miller), Private (Christopher Knight), andMason (Conrad Vernon) are pure cinematic genius, and I just lovethem!!!Not a great movie, but it's a good family film; and with nothing elseout there to compete with, it will rack up handily at the box office. Amoderate recommendation; it's good wholesome fun. So enjoy!SEE MORE OF MY REVIEWS ON FB @ "THE FARIS REEL"
edevereaux 17 May 2013
In Madagascar 3, Alex the lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, andMelman the Giraffe are back still trying to find their way back to theNew York City Zoo. They join a circus that promises of traveling toAmerica. The circus adds Vitaly the tiger, Gia the jaguar, Stefano thesea-lion, and Sonya the performing bear to the cast. The gang helps toreinvent the run down circus along the way. As they travel throughEurope, Captain Dubois of animal control is chasing them.The imagery in this movie is spectacular. I really enjoyed the bigcircus scene. The circus acts are fun and fresh and great to watch. Thestoryline however, is not as good. I found the plot to be a littlejumpy and full of little sideshows that don't relate much to thecentral goal of the characters trying to get back to America. I findthe love affair between King Julian and the bike riding bear to be alittle strange and unsettling. Although the Penguins take a backseat inthis movie, there are plenty of jokes to go around. A few jokes aretruly funny, but for the majority of them I can't say I found them tobe funny at all. I was rather disappointed that the main character Alexlies to the other characters, especially Gia, to protect himself and toconvince them he is something other then what he really is. It is niceto see that the gang, new and old, stick together and help each other.But overall in the end, Madagascar 3 leaves me feeling let down andconfused.
pranav_2001 17 May 2013
Whoever said watching a movie in 3D is the same as watching it in 2D,got it all wrong. Madagascar 3 has amazing 3D effects which will reallymake you experience the movie in a different way. From the beginningtill the end, you will get into fits of laughter and the animals willkeep you entertained. The overall plot of the movie is good but whatreally steals the show are the new Italian circus animals and theirItalian accent. I always felt that the real hero's of this smartPenguins and Marti, the Lion, is only a pseudo hero.What I didn't like about this movie was the unrealistic villain and hersuper human abilities, although funny, but at some point you will feelit was too much. But I can bet you won't notice the small things withthe crazy animals making you LOL through out.My suggestion: Don't miss this one, and watch it in 3D.
cinematicsultan2 14 May 2013
Dreamworks has never really achieved the animation standard of heartand intellect set by their counterpart studio, Pixar. They have,however, always managed to entertain their audiences with a level ofcrassness and slapstick violence that Pixar is probable far toopretentious to even try.Enter the Madagascar film franchise. The third installment, subtitledEurope's Most Wanted, features the lovable gang of Alex the lion, Martythe zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo (voices of BenStiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith,respectively) as they are trying to get back to New York all whilebeing chased by a deranged French animal control captain (voice ofFrances McDormand). The chase leads them to seek asylum with a roamingcircus of lackluster performers.The gang realize the only way to get home is by helping transform thecircus to its former glory in order to get a tour stateside.Madagascar 3 keeps the laughs coming at a steady pace, interlaced withthe occasional musical interlude/montage. The film surprises with anincredible amount of adult humor laced in the guise of children'shumor. (A lot of jokes are aimed at the French and Canadians Â all ofthose jokes land right where they should and pay off big.)The new circus setting allows many new and lovable characters to enteras well. The best being a tough-as-nails, daredevil tiger named Vitaly(voice of Bryan Cranston), a goofy Italian sea lion named Stefano(voice of Martin Short) and a trapeze artist leopard named Gia (voiceof Jessica Chastain).Europe's Most Wanted moves at a decent clip of 93 minutes, keeping thepacing swift and the jokes short and punchy but still maintainingimpact and levity Â a feat that Dreamworks seems to have mastered.Is this film animated genius like the Toy Story franchise or evenDreamwork's own Kung Fu Panda movies? No, not really. But it is funny,enjoyable and likable. And coming from this curmudgeon, that's highpraise.RATING: A
faisal-khan-527-369524 13 May 2013
The film was fun to watch, I like how its funny yet emotional at thesame time because you really want them to get back to he zoo! But ontheir way back to the zoo they encounter trouble on their way as theplain crashes and to get back to the zoo they have to act as circusanimals to get on the train then they have to help the circus animalsperform which was funny to watch. the journey from Africa back to newyork zoo was a quick journey but on their way they made new friends andrealised that they are wild animals. They get back to the zoo and theyrealise how much better their life is without the zoo and that the wildis their home. As you watch the film you notice that the wild is theirhome and they don't need to be in a zoo because they can survive witheach other in the wild.
Doha Film 10 May 2013
The French are cruel and lazy, the British feisty and Italians dawdletoo much. Or at least that's what your children might think afterwatching 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted', the latest box officehit from DreamWorks Animation.Leading lion Alex (Ben Stiller) and his urbanized furry friends arestill desperately trying to flee Madagascar, return to the Big Appleand live in their beloved zoo. Their journey suddenly halts in Europe,where the delectable and villainous French animal-control officialCaptain Chantel DuBois delights in the opportunity to behead Alex.Relentlessly she pursues him, Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Melman thegiraffe (David Schwimmer) and Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett-Smith)across several countries.The breathtaking chase takes us thorough Monaco, Switzerland, France,Italy and the UK with many droll observations made along the way."Labour laws are more lenient in France, they only work two weeks ayear," says a chimpanzee.To hide from DuBois and her minions, the foursome, plus some newadditions, blag their way into a circus group filled with has-beenanimal performers who are also on their way to New York. Not only is ita city named twice, but one where we are honored with two bass-pumpingrenditions of Katy Perry's 'Firework'.There are plenty of rambunctious characters, hilarious one-liners, lovestories and the mandatory moral messages associated with the genre.The number of celebrity voices is well over a dozen including SachaBaron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Jessica Chastain and Vinnie Jones.Comedian Chris Rock as Marty outshines them all. His 'Afro Circus'remix of Julius Fucik's 'Entrance of the Gladiators' is a definitemusical highlight and will play on repeat in your head way after thecredits end.This year has seen and will witness plenty of blockbuster prequels andsequels (Men In Black III, Prometheus, Ice Age: Continental Drift, TheDark Knight Rises, to name a few). Madagascar 3 opened last weekend inthe US to a tuneful $60.4 million, beating Prometheus, and is likely todo well in the region too as temperatures soar and audiences flock toair-conditioned theaters. You don't need to have seen the film's twopredecessors to enjoy this 93-minute installment.All three are directed by Eric Darnell, who also squeezed a televisionseries 'The Penguins of Madagascar' out of the movie.In Madagascar 3, Darnell's proved again that great writing has toaccompany awe-inspiring animation to keep audiences locked. Adults willdelight in subtle, witty lines more than children Â Melman (Schwimmer)declares at one point that he is a doctor, a line we all know paystribute to Schwimmer's Ross character in the Friends sitcom. Kids,meanwhile, will watch open-mouthed and in fits of laughter as Alex andhis dozy pals fly through colorful skies, run from their enemies andperform in at least one spectacular psychedelic circus scene.The finale is a surprise Â the perfect ending to a massively fun familyfilm.Find all of our film and festival coverage, as well as our events andeducation at www.DohaFilmInstitute.com. Follow us on Twitter @DohaFilm.
connor-white 10 May 2013
Usually I don't like animated films but here is my view: A story about Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman and their journey gettingback to New York City While being chased by Animal Control! when theyfinally get there the Zoo doesn't seem so great.The film is filled with crazy animals, Great effects and lots of laughsfor everyone. The voice acting and story line is amazing and carries ongreat from the first 2 films. I was very impressed with the effectsthat were in the film and all the bright colours. Everyone can enjoythis film no matter what age, It had me smiling all the way through! I recommend you watching the first 2 films so you can fully enjoy thethird. It's worth it!
wilson trivino 06 May 2013
There is no place like home and that is where the misfits of the NewYork Zoo want to go back to. Once again, the lion Alex (Ben Stiller),the zebra Marty (Chris Rock), the hippo Gloria (Zada Pinkett Smith),and giraffe Melman (David Schwimmer) lead the gang as they yearn toleave the savanna of Africa to the vibrancy of the city. In this quest,they cross paths with a dysfunctional circus and see this as theirchance to carve a path across the pond to America. The third time isthe charm as Madagascar 3 has a mix of adventure, love, and fellowshipin a cute tale of coming home. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted isthe perfect family movie and seeing it in 3D makes for an out of thisworld odyssey. By Dr. Wilson Trivino
fpicabia 06 May 2013
The Madagascar series feels like it is playing itself out, especiallywith the Penguins TV series being out there.What makes this movie fun is not the core characters. They are full ofthe expected dialog. While they try to provide humor, it is of the sortyou've seen before (unless you are very young). The core characters arereally more of the straight man. The fun in this is almost alwaysinjected by the penguins and lemurs, who pull in their off the wall,couldn't see that coming, type of actions and remarks.The music and visuals are top notch for animation. The way light isused from light sources was particularly well done for an animation ofthis style.In Canada, we were confused and a little offended at the penguin remarkabout our work ethic. In the movie a character states that in Francethey work 2 weeks of the year and take the rest of the year off, towhich another character replies "somebody else has the Canadian workethic".To set the record straight, in Canada, the minimum statutory vacationperiod is 2 weeks annual vacation. It is among the lowest in the world,similar to Vietnam and Guatemala. In the U.S. there is no legalstandard. Many countries have 20 days of annual vacation. I can'tprovide the link here, but look up statutory employment leave inWikipedia.Message to the script writer: as an American, do you take pride in theidea that other countries get more vacation time than in the U.S. (andCanada)? I'd rather have the 4 weeks off Australia has, or similar inany European nation. Life isn't work. In addition, work ethic haslittle to do with vacation time. One can work hard and also enjoy theirtime off well.
padiyark 02 May 2013
Saw it with my 4 year old son. New to the Madagascar movies, but youreally didn't have to know the background as 5 minutes in this moviewill get you up to speed.Overall, I wasn't to impressed (and neither was my son). It wasn'thorrible, but it wasn't great. Many adult oriented jokes (not nasty,just way above a kid's head), some that hit it off, and some which werejust OK. My son wanted to leave after 45 minutes because he was bored(I convinced him to stay). Some nice morals in the film.However, was it worth a matinÃ©e for me and my child ($13)? I think not.I would have rather rented it at Redbox for a dollar. Even Cars 2,which I felt was more adult oriented, kept my son entertainedinfinitely better.
Roland Jakobsson 01 May 2013
The animals we've gotten to know in the previous two movies continuetheir quest to get home to NY in this third installment of the veryprofitable movie franchise. This time they buy a circus in order toimpress an American promoter enough to book them in NY, thus takingthem home for good.First of all, having recently watched Pixar's Brave, I am bound to saythat Madagascar 3 feels inferior in almost every aspect. Whereas Pixarusually deliver a touching and well-worked screenplay, the story hereis confusing and morally ambiguous. Are circus animals traveling aroundthe world performing tricks really OK? Many feel that it's wrong, butthe movie happily ignores this rather complex moral issue.It is also obvious that the screenwriter has not forgotten or forgivenFrance opposing the American war efforts of the early 2000s, as thestory takes a turn to Monte Carlo for no other purpose than tointroduce the ridiculous French antagonist, and add to that a FreedomFries-joke that feels incredibly dated.To sum it all up, this movie has a pretty weak plot and its aim ispretty obvious - to milk more money from the franchise. I hope they letit end here, as I feel this is pretty much the end of the road forthese movies.
bRAdY-10 01 May 2013
I watched this at the Cannes Film Festival 2012 after deciding to takea break from all the serious art-house fare on offer. With theexception of Ben Stiller's lead all the original supporting leads takevirtually a back seat in this third instalment. But several great newcharacters are introduced namely Frances McDormand as Captain ChantelDuBois, Bryan Cranston as Vitaly and the fabulous Martin Short asStefano. All there performances are stand out but wished Shorts Stefanowas featured more. Cranston as Vitaly was beautifully menacing but itis the wacky deadly policewoman in charge of hunting down and capturingthe animals as they make their way across Europe which is the centre ofthe narrative drive. Since the police team where obviously the bad guys(DuBois only wants to capture Mike (Ben Stiller) so she can add hishead to her mounted collection of stuffed animals on her office wall)it was ironic that I watched this in France since the police wereportrayed as bunch gung-ho obsessive freaks (DuBois crawls around onall fours to sniff down her prey like a dog come insect). The film wasscreened in 3D, initially I was apprehensive since I don't really enjoy3D movies but this was a pleasant surprise. After a few minutes I hadcompletely forgotten that I was wearing the 3D glasses andactually...in the spectacular climatic scene I was completely wowed. Anexplosion of vivid movement and colour formed an intricate movingtapestry of light and colour that was gorgeous to watch. The kids willlove it and any one young at heart enough to let themselves loosethemselves in escapist fun for a couple of hours. One of the best"family" animation films that I've seen in years and highlyrecommended. Oh I nearly forgot....Baron Cohen's (as The King) loveaffair with a giant mute bear is both surreal and priceless!
spreetster-415-530701 01 May 2013
This review contains spoilers, not that there's anything to spoil,really. Generally when I see a kids' movie with my kids, I find it tolerableand sometimes enjoyable. I still laugh at Spongebob episodes that I'veseen a hundred times, if that tells you anything about my tastes. Mostkids' movies throw in some humor for adults- not referring toinappropriate humor, just cultural references or something that givesadults a tickle that kids don't really understand.Not this movie. This movie makes no attempt to appeal to adults at all.There was not a single moment where I laughed or was amused. I foundall of the over-the-top accents kind of disrespectful, and I could notfigure out why a kids' movie had three animal pairs with love stories.The plot was an absolute mess. They did manage to work in somehappenings that gave my 4 year old and 6 year old some thrills- rocketshoes, shooting out of cannons, a very colorful circus. However, I wasleft wondering what kind of drugs the filmmakers were on while theywrote this, and I was also left thinking that the animators workedreally hard but the writers, directors, producers, whoever REALLYphoned it in. I mean REALLY. It was an awful script. David Schwimmershould not be voicing anything, and I'm really not there to watch alion and a leopard fall in love, and neither are my kids. Also, why theheck doesn't the bear ever talk?As for kids, my kids didn't hate it, but they didn't love it either. Mylittle one laughed about four times, which was far less than the numberof times he said he wanted to leave the movie (but we were stuckbecause we'd driven with friends). My recommendation to parents is if your kids absolutely insist onseeing this movie, send them with their friends' parents so you don'thave to go. Otherwise, your eyes will be rolling so hard they may getstuck that way.
Kristine 29 April 2013
When Madagascar was first released, I was one of the people who wasagainst the weird looking animation and really didn't want to give it achance. But I had rented it anyways and decided to give it a fairchance, I actually loved the side characters the best vs. our maincharacters. I don't know, the main characters always seemed kind ofbland to me. The penguins and King Julien are just hilarious and are agreat balance between serious and wacky humor. But the second filmreally picked up and even the main characters became a little moreinteresting. I honestly didn't realize how popular these movies were tospawn another sequel. But I couldn't resist the penguins, they're justtoo hilarious. So naturally I saw this opening weekend and was leftwith a surprise that this actually topped the second film in story andjokes.Still in Africa, Alex suggests to Marty, Melman, and Gloria that theyshould go to Monte Carlo to get the penguins to fly them back to NewYork City, which they agree to. In Monte Carlo, the penguins and thetwo chimpanzees keep winning in gambling until Alex's gang's attempt toreach them blunders and sparks chaos in the Hotel De Paris. Hotelsecurity calls Monaco Animal Control officer Captain Chantel DuBois todeal with the animals. But rather than capture them live, DuBoisdesires them, mainly Alex, dead as trophies. During a high-speed chasebetween the relentless DuBois and the animals in a truck driven by thepenguins to reach their aircraft, the animals barely manage to eludeher. They escape but the airplane fails once again and they land inFrance. Getting on a train with a circus group, who is in a competitionto win a trip to New York, Alex takes the opportunity to lead the groupand get back to America once and for all.I have two major grips in this film and it's two songs: Afro Circus andFirework by Katie Perry. Now with Afro Circus, for some reason they aretrying so hard to push this song down our throats during the trailer,it gets annoying very fast. Firework I've heard way too many times tothe point where I want to strangle it! I know this is nitpicking, butthat's how bad I hate these songs. But if it wasn't for these twosongs, honestly, it would have been a perfect animated movie. Theanimation is bright and colorful and you can tell the love that was putinto this film. I didn't see the 3D version and did regret that becauseI think the 3D would have been worth it. The penguins are still greatof course and always provide a great laugh. They're basically likePatton, they take themselves way too seriously but still get the jobdone. King Julien has a fling with a circus bear that is just toohilarious and will have you in stitches. I loved how they kept the faceof the bear very life like, almost looking like it's just a blankexpression as Julien is professing his love to her. I really did enjoyMadagascar 3, it's definitely the best of the series and worth thewatch.9/10
Max Weinberg 28 April 2013
First, let me say that the whole movie had me entertained. I was quitesurprised on how well the developers tackled this one! The movie wasvery colorful and beautiful, and it was also very funny! Yes, the moviedoes has it's silly kid-based jokes here and there, but the moviesomehow makes you forget about that and really brings you to enjoy thefilm no matter who you are. The story really is great, the cast reallygives their best efforts, and add a surprising good feeling to themovie. The songs are really catchy, too. Bryan Cranston and FrancesMcDormand were just brilliant as their characters! Madagascar 3:Europe's Most Wanted might just be the best animated film I have seenin a couple of years! Watching it in 3D is totally worth the extra fewbucks; watching it in 2D would leave the movie looking like any otheranimated feature film.
Kazuya_Ryuzaki 28 April 2013
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is a 3D computer-animated comedyfilm that is the third installment of the Madagascar series, and it isthe first in the series to be released in 3D. In the this third movie,Alex, Marty, Melman, and Gloria are stillstruggling to get home to New York. This time, their journey takes themto Europe where they are relentlessly pursued by the murderous Monaco-based French Animal Control officer Captain Chantel DuBois. As a meansof getting passage to North America, the zoo animals purchase a failingtraveling circus as they become close friends with the staff likeVitaly,Gia and Stefano. Together, they spectacularly revitalize thebusiness and along the way find themselves reconsidering where theirtrue home really is.The movie's ensemble cast includes the voices of Ben Stiller,ChrisRock,David Schwimmer,Jada Pinkett Smith,Sacha Baron Cohen,Cedric theEntertainer,Andy Richter,Tom McGrath,Jessica Chastain, BryanCranston,Martin Short and Frances McDormand. The film is directed byEric Darnell, Tom McGrath and Conrad Vernon. This third edition may arrive with low expectations, but it's apleasant surprise, sending its character barrelling across continentsfor a zippy, engaging 90-minute adventure.It may lack a little in charmand warmth, but the technical brilliance and decent use of 3D go someway towards compensating for the dimensions that the film otherwiselacks like the development of the characters or situations for comedygold as the filmmakers instead just crank up the chaos.Overall,it is adazzlingly colorful and frenetic film that is silly enough for youngkids, but boasts enough surprising smarts to engage parents along theway.
Chris_Pandolfi 27 April 2013
The greatest pleasure of "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" is thatit's nothing more or less than what it is. There is not a scene, acharacter, a shot, or a line of dialogue that falls within the realm ofplausibility. It's a red-blooded cartoon Â physically impossible,narratively unbound, totally absurd. It was a wonderful experience. Ithink we sometimes put too much pressure on ourselves to apply meaningto every movie we see; films like this are like a shot in the arm, forthey give us license to put our brains on autopilot and take it at facevalue. I savored the humor, the charm, and the visuals, the latter ofwhich are quite imaginative and surprisingly enhanced by the process of3D. That shouldn't stop you from saving your money and seeing it intraditional 2D, however, especially since you will be seeing a brighterpicture.Picking up exactly where its predecessor left off, the film begins withour favorite New York City Zoo castaways Â the lion Alex (voiced by BenStiller), the zebra Marty (voiced by Chris Rock), the hippo Gloria(voiced by Jada Pinkett Smith), and the giraffe Melman (voiced by DavidSchwimmer) Â swimming from the African continent to Monte Carlo in aneffort to find the Penguins. Their arrival and subsequent infiltrationof a casino was well planned but poorly executed; they're immediatelynoticed by the elegantly-dressed gamblers, who run away screaming. Thisattracts the attention of Captain Chantel DuBois of Monaco AnimalControl (voiced by Frances McDormand), a black-clad, military-likematron who lives for the conquest of hunting and stuffing animals,specifically their heads. All she needs is a lion to complete thepicture.Apparently indestructible (she can literally break through brick walls,concrete, and glass and only have to reapply her lipstick), a skilledninja-like acrobat, and armed with an inhuman ability to crawl on theground and sniff out animals on the run, DuBois takes part in abreathtaking action sequence that begins with a car chase and ends withall the characters dangling from the opening of a makeshift airplane.When the castaways finally do escape, they determine to work their wayback to New York City. Lo and behold, they take shelter on board atravelling circus train, where the animal act could be transported tothe U.S. if their tryout in London is successful. The leader, a Russiantiger named Vitaly (voiced by Bryan Cranston), is an angry soul wholost his spirit for performing after years of greasing himself up andjumping through hoops no bigger than an ordinary ring.Under constant threat from Vitaly, who has the ability to throw knives,the castaways are told in no uncertain terms that only circus animalsare allowed on the train. Naturally, they lie. They also take it uponthemselves to train the circus animals, not only because the Penguinsbought the deed from their original owners but also because they'regenuinely awful. They befriend an Italian jaguar named Gia (voiced byJessica Chastain) and an Italian sea lion named Stefano (voiced byMartin Short). The former, sleek and beautiful, is a trapeze artist.The latter, although a few coconuts short of a palm tree, is eager tohave himself shot out of a cannon. Meanwhile, the lemur King Julien(voiced by Sacha Baron Cohen), immediately falls in love with agigantic tutu-wearing bear that rides around on a tiny bicycle. She'sthe only animal character that doesn't talk and actually looks a littlesomething like a real bear.The circus' opening night in London is an astounding display of visualcreativity. The animals defy gravity as they swoop, flip, and flythrough gigantic neon-colored hoops that hover in the air. Melman andGloria perform a tight-rope act across glowing chords that look likeenormous guitar strings, and Alex and Gia team up for awe-inspiringtrapeze stunts. This is the one scene that exemplifies the bestutilization of the 3D process; yes, characters fly at you in gimmickyways, but at the same time, we feel immersed in an explosion of sightand sound. The motivating force behind this revamped show, on the basisof Alex's motivational speech earlier in the film, was Cirque duSoleil. The characters never actually utter those exact words, but weknow exactly what they're talking about.There are many genuinely funny moments, although admittedly, childrenare unlikely to pick up on them. Consider, for example, the Penguins'sarcastic, disparaging comparisons between the French and Canadian workphilosophies. Also consider the scene in which DuBois finds herselfwithout backup, her entire team lying in hospital beds wearing fullbody casts; it seems that, when you passionately sing the French anthem"Non Je Ne Regrette Rien," it inspires such devotion to a cause thatthe body can actually break through the hardened casts. Isn't it nice,how the filmmakers had both parents and children in mind? "Madagascar3: Europe's Most Wanted" may be little more than unbridled cartoonwackiness, but let it not be said that adults aren't just as deservingof pure entertainment.-- Chris Pandolfi (www.atatheaternearyou.net)
jaemiewaters 26 April 2013
Madagascar 3 Europe's Most Wanted 3D is a must see movie for everyoneof all ages it is easily the best Madagascar movie so far you willenjoy this eye popping 3D movie it is incredible if you are looking fora movie that is OK for your kids than Madagascar 3 is it i hope youenjoy it if you like DreamWorks movies than you will enjoy this i hopeyou enjoy it as much as i did i really think this has been the bestanimated movie of the year for sure it is a classic it is a laugh outloud movie for everyone of all ages it is a movie that you don't wantto miss that is how good it is but you have to watch it in 3D only inever saw anything this good since Prometheus but i still thinkPrometheus better but it is R rated and Madagascar 3 is PG i hope youenjoy this movie everyone especially the kids i really hope that yourkids enjoy i hope they laugh i never saw a movie this amazing sincePrometheus go see Prometheus and Madagascar but kids the parents shouldgo see Prometheus because it is rated R hope you enjoy Madagascar 3parents and kids
aharmas 26 April 2013
Pixar is going to have a tough time taking the Animated Oscar away fromthis troupe. Without going into much detail, and this type of filmshouldn't be deconstructed for much depth and hidden meanings, let'sjust say, our quartet and the associated penguins have finally hit thetarget, not once, but over and over.We have a film that didn't reveal much in his early previews and savedmuch fun for the final release, and it's a ball!! It seems as ifeverything visual gag, every joke, every nuance, every special effectjust works. When I attended its screening, young and old people werelaughing out loud, relating to the highs and lows of each character,and as I mentioned before, every single one of the characters hasfinally found a way to shine, with none of the extended and sometimespainful exposition pieces that dragged the original down. It'sbeautiful to see when a project of this type works because as oflately, we have been getting some pretty contrived entries that forgetto let that heart beat loud.It's fun to see the penguins take on a much sympathetic approachwithout sacrificing some of their quite daring personalities. They arenot sweet, just a bit less mean than before, and this time they manageto even top themselves in the resourceful and imaginative categories.One of the most pleasant surprises is the female antagonist, voiced byFrances McDormand, an interesting choice for this type ofentertainment, but a most successful performance in every aspect. Sheis an instant classic from the earlier sections of the film until itsclosing frames.Here is a sweet, silly, charming, and very entertaining movie,something that will be hard to top, if there ever is a 4th entry to theseries.