|Posted by Matthew Liedke on June 9, 2012 at 9:40 AM|
Jada Pinkett Smith
Sacha Baron Cohen
The epic conclusion to the Madagascar saga!
"Madagascar 3" follows our main characters from the past two movies, four New York Zoo animals who have by this film explored a lof of the world. In this film we find our characters in Europe preparing to return to New York City along with the genius penguins. However they are spotted and an animal catcher named Captain Chantel DuBois (McDormand) goes after them stopping at nothing to find them.
Because of this the animals have to go on the run and join a circus. The plan is to stay with the circus to get back to the United States however as time goes on they become more involved with the other circus animals and have to decide whether to stay with it and help it out or not.
The story of Madagascar 3 is very simple. The entire thing is predictable and there are a lot of cliches along the way. However it still manages to have some fun moments through out the plot making for an okay experience. The problem is the character arcs just feel done so there isn't much left to do.
The characters themselves are fine, since it's the third film there is some chemistry here and the voice acting is strong. The new circus characters added were also fun and added something fresh to the film. My only problem is the bear in the film, since it couldn't talk, every other animal could talk except the bear, just to have some gags.
I've never been the biggest fan of the animation in the Madagascar films, the character designs always seemed off to me. And while the designs are the same, there are some awesome visual sequences in this film which do look great. One scene for example, a major circus performance is absolutely great to watch, having all kind of colors and things going on.
Compared to some other CG animated films over the past few years, especially those with animals, Madagascar doesn't really hold up. There are some nice gags and jokes which got some laughs however for the most part the story is just uninteresting. There are some nice things to look at though. High 2 out of 5.
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