By Kyra Smith-Cullen
October 18, 2012
In the movie world, sequels rarely live up to the standard set by its predecessor. “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” isn’t as good as the original, but it is worth seeing.
The humor alone made the movie worthwhile. It has a good blend of jokes that amuse all audiences, and humor that makes the adults chuckle. However, my favorite parts of the movie are the circus scenes. I was afraid that the director would apply the same heavy handed excess he used in the chase scenes to the circus, thereby overwhelming the audience. Instead, the scenes were extremely well done, with spectacular extravagance that was perfect for the circus.
I gave a lot of leeway for the movie because it was created with children in mind, so simplicity was expected and delivered, especially in the plot. Pretty much every detail of the plot was predictable, with a few unexpected moments that were enough to satisfy the adults watching. Just as simple is the character development, meaning that Alex the Lion is really the only character who really grows throughout. All other characters have their development take place in one scene.
My main problem is the animations design of the humans. The central human character, Captain DuBois, is aesthetically unappealing – I didn’t want to look at the screen when she appeared because of her looks and her motions.
When I first started watching the movie, I was a little apprehensive. I loved the original “Madagascar,” but I hated the sequel, “Escape 2 Africa,” so I was afraid that this movie would be worse. But I am glad to say that I was wrong and that this movie is a must-see for anybody who loves militant penguins and a narcissistic lion.