“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” Film Review

Over the summer, I was interning at Hudson Valley Parent Magazine. My job was to review summer family films. This is the first of the three films I reviewed. It is directed more towards parents. The other two films I reviewed (that will be posted later this week) are “Ice Age 4: Continental Drift” and Disney’s new princess, “Brave”. Enjoy! :)

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Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Ben Stiller, Chris Rock

The four crazy Central Park zoo animals are at it again. In Madagascar 3, Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) misses his home.  So, he and his pals leave Africa to set out to meet the penguins in Monte Carlo to borrow their plane. Unfortunately, monkeys and penguins cannot fly a plane and crash-land near a train station.  With this comedy-driven film, all children will be jumping out of their seats dancing and laughing. Alex, Marty, Melman, and Gloria meet many circus animals on a European circus’ train, such as Vitaly, a Russian tiger, Gia the jaguar, and Stefano, an Italian sea lion. In order to make it to New York, the circus must impress the American scouter in London’s performance. The circus is doomed if they stick to the traditional routines that Vitaly insists on. The audience requires new and exciting acts. Alex transforms the circus with new tricks, such as the jaw-dropping trapeze act with Gia. Marty the zebra also sings a song about his polka-dot rainbow Afro wig while being shot out of a cannon. The song is humorous and quite catchy. The magical colors and psychedelic illusions of the new circus acts are exciting and mesmerizing. With this action-packed thrill of a circus, Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria journey through a heart-warming tale to return back home. B+

2012 (c) Jennifer Gioia

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