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Film Review : Madagascar 3 : Europe's Most Wanted

06/09/2012 08:30AM ● Published by Justin Buettner

 This newest adventure takes the animal crew from Africa across Europe before finally making it back to the states again. On their adventure they cross paths with an European animal circus and constantly find themselves on the run from a relentless French animal control officer. After three movies of adventure Alex the lion and his friends have to decide whether they want to be zoo animals again.

Not often do you come across a film so eager to entertain it comes across as desperate, but that is what you have in Madagascar 3. The filmmakers must feel their entire audience are afflicted with attention deficit disorder as they did their level best to not leave a moment in the film without an action of some kind. As a result every second  has a character screaming, singing, moving, or being shot out of a canon. Flashing lights and objects seem to constantly streak across the background. It is safe to say that Madagascar 3 is not boring however since the movie’s pace is stuck in overdrive from start to finish any bit of emotion or drama flies past without leaving much of an impact.

I have not been a fan of this entire series. More so than most feature animation, the Madagascar series is strictly made for kids. Part 3 has done nothing to change my mind in this regard. The problem for me rests within the four main animal characters. There’s nothing very deep about them or even interesting for me to invest too much emotion. However about a third of the way into the third film a new set of circus animals are introduced. These new characters alone made Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted far and away the best of the series. Granted these characters didn’t have a lot of time to really sell their story, the movie is much more interested in cartoonish action than deep backstories, but there is enough to make the circus animal’s plight something to cheer for. Especially the Russian tiger Vitaly.

The big bad guy of the film is a strange French animal control agent named Captain Chantel Dubois. This character moved like a spider and seemed impervious to pain. Her only goal was to mount a lion head on her wall. The only way to describe this character was outlandish, over the top, and crazy, so she fit right in with the rest of the movie.

Your kids will like Madagascar 3 and might even love it. I am uncertain if that is a good thing or not. Parents will be overwhelmed by the onslaught of visuals and noise with just enough story to get them through. Madagascar 3 fits in right with the series while in my opinion besting what has come before, which considering the first two movies is not a hard mark to beat.

Films like Madagascar 3 : Europe’s Most Wanted : Madagascar part 1 and 2, Rio, and the Wild


Justin Buettner is Style's resident movie dude! How did he get this role? Well, he graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor of Arts in film Production and a duel minor in Animation and Business with an emphasis in the entertainment field. He later went on to work on several independent films in various key roles including writer and later worked in the special effects field as a motion capture artist. He has since relocated to the Sacramento area with his family and continues writing for small independent films in addition to his movie reviews for Style Magazine.

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