Movie Review: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Movie Review: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted


PG for some mild action and rude humor.
Genre: Action, adventure, animated, comedy, sequel.
Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo and Melman the Giraffe are back and still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Of course King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the ride too. This time their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover…

A traveling circus which they reinvent – Madagascar style!

Did We Really Need A Third Movie In This Series?

The first Madagascar installment was fun. The second in the series was not so fun. As a matter of fact back in 2008 we gave Escape to Africa a lowly 2.5 Lloyd’s. We found it long and meandering with little focus. Madagascar Two was very busy with too much action and animated eye-candy. Those involved with the sequel went over the top in the area of trying to catch the attention of the kids. It did not work for Escape 2 Africa.

But, when it comes to Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,
we absolutely loved the movie.

It’s also obvious moviegoers enjoyed this third installment of the animated zoo animals trying to make it back to New York City too. Not only did it grab the number 1 spot for the weekend, but it also out did the Alien prequel everyone predicted would rule the box office for it’s debut weekend. Will Madagascar 3 have staying power? Only time will tell. But this is a sequel worth seeing if you’ve enjoyed this franchise in the past.

While the second movie in this franchise was an obvious cash-grab, Europe’s Most Wanted has an interesting plot line which holds together well throughout the flick. Clocking in at an hour and a half – unlike it’s predecessor – this movie keeps your attention throughout and is not simply an over-bloated animated splash. We screened it in 2D, Madagascar 3 is also screening in 3D. While the 2D format is impressive, I’m sure the 3D format is well worth the viewing too.

When it comes to voice talent the usual suspects are back for this third installment of Madagascar. Ben Stiller is still the voice of Alex the Lion while David Schwimmer of Friends fame is back as the voice of Melman. But another wonderful aspect of Europe’s Most Wanted revolves around the edition of new animals along for the ride. The traveling circus animals are wonderful and Martin Short makes a great addition to the voice talent and caliber of this movie as Stefano the seal trying to re-energize his circus friends and get them to America.

The best way to describe this movie is “simple and plan fun”. Madagascar 3 isn’t trying to shove some kind of agenda driven message down the throat of viewers. Yes there are good positive lessons along the way, but the bottom line is “fun”. Europe’s Most Wanted is an entertaining flick following the journey of the well-loved New York City animals trying to get back home, while also being tracked by Animal Control. From a rating standpoint we are calling Madagascar 3 family-friendly. However, keep in mind, this is a PG rated movie not a G rated movie. While there’s nothing really over the top when it comes to content, a younger audience will probably have a hard time sitting still through the entire show.

Enjoy the show!

Dr. Rus

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Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.