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A fun, colourful, animal filled circus of a film!
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Member Name: mummy2harry
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Advantages: Beautiful animation, great soundtrack, fun plot
Disadvantages: None for me
Picking up from where I assume the last movie left off, our animal friends are back in Africa, and hoping to find a way out of there and go back 'home' to New York and the zoo in which they used to live. It's Alex the lion's birthday, and his friends build him a model of his beloved NYC out of mud, and it only ignites their ambitions more, so they decide to swim across to Monte Carlo to locate their old adversaries the Penguins of Madagascar and King Julien to fly back to New York on their plane. However, a bit of a scuffle in a casino leads to the local Animal Control officer Chantel DuBois being alerted to their presence, and she becomes determined to hook Alex the Lion in particular to add to her wall of fame. On the run from the crazed officer, the animals have to hitch a ride with a travelling circus to escape her tracks, but end up taking on more than they had anticipated, and end up reinventing the circus from scratch... Madagascar style...
The voice cast are the same as the previous movies, which is great continuity for its younger viewers. I think the voice cast are brilliant, and really work on bringing the characters to life on the screen for us. Ben Stiller voices Alex the Lion, who is certainly the leader of the pack. I strangely didn't identify him at all when I was watching, but with hindsight it was quite obvious that it was him! He did well, and I really loved Alex, and so did Harry, he's got his heart in the right place and leads the group well. Chris Rock is fantastically funny as Marty the Zebra, and I think every child in the cinema laughed at 'Circus Afro', as did I, it's brilliant and a lot of the humor in it came from Marty. David Schwimmer is Melman the giraffe, a sweet character who is almost scared of his own shadow, but dearly loves Gloria the hippo, voiced by Jada Pinkett Smith, who does a good job but I felt it could have been any female actress voicing her, it was a fairly unremarkable performance I'm afraid!
Sacha Baron Cohen is simply brilliant as King Julian, the slightly eccentric king of the animals, and his character regularly had me laughing out loud... he and the huge bear were just comedy gold and Julien's singing was wonderfully awful, he was definitely Harry's favourite character! I also want to mention Gia the leopard who loves the circus very much, as I think she's a great character and voiced brilliantly by Jessica Chastain. I also loved Russian tiger Vitaly who is voiced by Brian Cranston. Vitaly is hiding a secret about his time at the circus from the new animals, and when it's revealed, Alex is determined to help him overcome it, and I thought some of the scenes were fantastic, and very well handled, showing children it's possible to overcome your fears and there are ways of getting around things with a little help of those around you.
Some of my favourite scenes in the whole film were those in the circus - the colour and actions were just superb and I was completely glued to the screen throughout this, it was just superb. We didn't view it in 3D as 3D makes me sick, but I can imagine these scenes were stunning in that format. The scenes were set to Katy Perry's song 'Firework' and I just thought they were beautiful, and for young children watching, it's very visually stimulating and Harry absolutely loved it. The animation throughout the film was brilliant, especially the circus trickery was stunning, and all of the animals moved seamlessly, the scenes used were brilliant, especially in the casino and the fantastic rooftop chases with Officer DuBois on their tail, even if she did get on my nerves towards the end. I felt her character was a bit over the top at times, her animal-like tracking was funny, but I found her a bit too crazy at times, although the children seemed to like her.
The plot itself wasn't hugely strong, there wasn't a brilliant twist or anything in there to shock viewers, instead it ambled along slowly towards the goal of getting the animals back to New York and the zoo, with the circus taking over as the main plot around a third of the way in, and I'm glad it took this turn as it was fun, exciting and allowed for a lot of humour. The plot hooks around Vitaly, and Alex and co joining the circus were fun, and there are some good morals in there too. The soundtrack is fun, and highlights the excitement and fun of the movie, with tracks well placed throughout, and Harry is so obsessed with King Julian's version of 'I Like to Move It Move It', I've had to buy it and download it onto his iPod! This movie was fun and fresh, and it certainly went above and beyond my expectations for the film, and I'll be buying it to add to our collection. I can imagine it'll appeal to children of any age, and there is a lot of humour in there for all ages to enjoy. A fantastically fun movie that I can highly recommend!
Directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath
Written by Eric Darnell and Noah Baumbach
Running Time: 93 minutes
Ben Stiller ... Alex (voice)
Chris Rock ... Marty (voice)
David Schwimmer ... Melman (voice)
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Gloria (voice)
Sacha Baron Cohen ... Julien (voice)
Cedric the Entertainer ... Maurice (voice)
Andy Richter ... Mort (voice)
Frances McDormand ... Captain Chantel DuBois (voice)
Jessica Chastain ... Gia (voice)
Bryan Cranston ... Vitaly (voice)
Martin Short ... Stefano (voice)
The DVD is out on 11th February 2013 and is available for pre-order at the usual retailers. The previous 2 movies in the franchise are also available on DVD individually or as a boxset.
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Summary: A wonderful kid's film I'll be adding to our collection