Movie review: Madagascar 3 – Europe’s Most Wanted (2012)

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is the latest and third instalment to the Madagascar franchise. The story continues from the events of the second film set in Africa. Now, on third film, the same group of animals (Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria) planned to return to their home, the zoo in New York City. Along the journey through Europe, they met new friends and had the opportunity to perform in circus while being chased over by a group of animal control force led by a female captain. The circus theme is great, and this movie delivers, outshining its previous two films.

The story sounds interesting. It definitely is. Well, the highlight of the story this time around is now on circus, which is quite interesting and more ‘colourful’ than the previous setting usually in jungles as seen in the first two films. The circus becomes a frame to a whole new layer of development to the story as well as to the characters. Furthermore, few more supporting characters (particularly from the circus team) is added for extra depth to the plot as well as to create some sort of ‘spark’ with the already-known characters. The part when they finally performed together in a circus is extremely well done, further elevated by the playing of Katy Perry’s Fireworks song. That matches very well magically and delivers a very spectacular moment to the viewers.

For a story like this, there must be a villain that stands on their way. This film is not an exception. A heartless woman who is the captain of an animal control force is eyeing for a lion’s head to be mounted on her wall of collection. Alex is her main target after his first encounter with her in the beginning of the film. Things started to get pretty exciting and intense especially on the scenes involving the chase by the cruel captain to capture the group of animals. Eventhough the villain’s character over here appears to be too hard to be defeated and seems illogical, but that all is only intended to provide a bigger challenge and much more interesting climax in the end. Without them, things wouldn’t gets interesting enough in the story.

Things won’t get slow along the flow of the story. At the same time, the character’s development particularly on the new characters introduced on this third instalment is sufficient. Some action scenes are great, and it is always the little penguins again that saves the day with their high-tech stuff, but sometime with some kind of mistakes from them that provokes laughter. Ahh…and there is some comedy going on around from this film too, eventhough I can see some are pretty forced and intended only for the kids to laugh, and not us, the adults. So, for kids, this can be a very funny film, but for the adults, just so-so only.

Happy ending is expected. The group returned to the zoo but then realizing that their life shouldn’t be restricted to the surrounding walls in the zoo. Instead, they find that performing in the circus is what that they are truly happy for. The evil captain returned and expect some final fights before everything settled to a fun and explosive conclusion. Sorry for a bit of spoiler over here. Generally, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is an interesting and exciting animated adventure film to watch, and I have to agree over the majority’s opinion that this is even better than the first two films. Out of 10 points, I rate this film a total of 7.o. It’s a film that stays to the origin but with a whole new level of depth and environment for the group to explore. It’s a nice movie.