Now, I know animated movies are meant to be cute and colorful, they are also meant to be light and breezy and they need to end with an all’s well that ends well motto. But animated movies are definitely not meant to be dumb, and consistently so in a one single movie! Movies like How to train a dragon, Kung Fu Panda series, Cars, Toy Story, Wall-E all have a wonderful story lines and to an extent they are isolated from realities of practical life, but they never take the audience for granted. These movies succeeded mostly because they appealed to the child in us, without taking our brains or our maturity levels for granted. Whatever your age is, you would still love watching these movies.
Now Madagascar 3 would only and only appeal to kids aged 5-10(Mentally and physically). I say that, as the movie is definitely colorful and vibrant, but it takes the sensibilities for the audience for granted. Scenes just seem to stumble onto the screen for no rhyme or reason.
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted takes off from the last movie in the Madagascar series had ended.
Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) and Gloria the hippopotamus (Jada Pinkett Smith) cannot wait to get back to their home – the Central Park zoo in New York. While they’re stuck with the eccentric King Julien XIII (Sacha Baron Cohen) and his minions Maurice (Cedric the Entertainer) and Mort (Andy Richter), they decide to go to Monte Carlo to meet the chimpanzees and penguins who had left under the pretext of helping them escape.
But plans go awry when the relentless Captain Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand) of animal control is on their trail for their heads in Monte Carlo. In an attempt to escape from DuBois, the animals join a travelling circus.
The out-of-shape travelling circus consists of the grumpy Siberian tiger Vitaly (Bryan Cranston), the jovial sea lion Stefano (Martin Short), the jaguar Gia (Jessica Chastain) and other animals. In order to take the circus to New York, Alex & co must make sure that their act worthy of it. How they reinvent the circus and escape from DuBois forms the rest of the story.
The story and screenplay is paper thin. With no effort put on logics or reasoning’s. It’s the looniest Loony Movie I’ve seen in a long time! The plot tires to infuse some drama and light moments. But to no avail as it fails to work on the chemistry of the characters. Something that worked for the first Madagascar movie. Here you just don’t feel for any character, the chemistry the magic, the one on one interactions the funny moments between the characters are replaced by nonsensical sequences in the name of comedy!
As mentioned earlier, the animation is top notch. The lively circus sequences and chase at the very start of the movie is very well done. But both these sequences are spread too far across.
A word on 3D. Finally, is a movie that is inconceivable in two dimensions. Darnell, McGrath, and Vernon’s use of 3-D is literally in your face. Once the animals start playing around at the circus, and you have zebras and lions flying through the air, the nimble use of camera, choreography, and depth is nothing short of breathtaking.
The direction and story is the biggest flaw of the movie. The makers try to use the same old formulas used in the earlier versions, try and rehash the sequences just on the fickle hope “What worked once, Can Work Again”. And it does work to an extent but after sometime it becomes very repetitive and boring.
For me an ideal animation movie is Wall-E. It is beautiful and it has a heart. The characters and the sequences linger on much after the movie is over. Madagascar is a far cry from Wall-E.
My final verdict is this. It’s a dumb and plain nonsensical movie, but the 3D and animation is worth a dekho. Just expect vibrant colors and animation and you won’t be disappointed.
Direction : 1
Cast : 3
Story : 1
Animation : 5
3D : 5
Music : 3
Total : 3
IMDB Link : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1277953/
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