One heartening fact about Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is that, like its two predecessors, this movie too is just right for the whole family. On the negative side, grown-ups might notice some attacks by dart guns, a few threats and a swear word, “Bolshevik” that might have echoes of “bull—t”. But on e positive side, this is a good movie for kids to learn a few things about the circus and cities on the Continent like Rome, Paris and Monte Carlo. As in its earlier movies of this series, this movie too deals with the main relationship between four zoo animals while also ensuring that kids learn the worth of having unconditional friendships.
Madagasgar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted opens with its four lead characters—Alex the lion, Gloria the hippo, Marty the zebra and Melman the giraffe being lost and stranded in Africa and homesick for New York. Fortunately, some smart penguins build them a plane and leave for Monte Carlo, after which this foursome decide to swim all the way to Monaco. They then create chaos in a casino and are chased by a cop in charge of animal control whose life’s dream is to kill the lion. To escape from the cop, they join a circus group and masquerade as its performers.
Kids and adults are going to love this beautiful movie which is full of color and action. It’s also funny in parts and teaches kids about cities around the world in its own subtle way. Critics might slam it for its thin storyline, but it has amazing visuals and very good and new characters and a mean and bad villain in the cop, Captain DuBois. The character, Martin Short, the sea lion is going to be everyone’s favorite for all the laughs he provides us with.
Among the characters, Gia and Alex will win the audience’s hearts for their romance in which they find that home is where they love to be. Colorful penguins, other animals and a unique story make for enjoyable fare.