In this latest Madagascar
instalment, noted writer Noah Baumbach
, Fantastic Mr Fox
) joins the herd with directors Eric Darnell
and Tom McGrath
, to create a rollicking family movie with a solid plot and many laughs for young and old.
Alex (Ben Stiller
), Marty (Chris Rock
), Melman (David Schwimmer
) and Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith
) are left behind in Africa by the always-scheming penguins, flying to Monte Carlo via the makeshift plane created in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Using snorkels, they swim across the Mediterranean to catch up with the penguins, hoping to eventually get back to home, the NYC zoo. After creating havoc in a casino, they are targeted by the villainous Captain Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand
) from Animal Control, who wants Alex's head as a trophy. DuBois displays tracking dog abilities, (literally!) and is relentless in her hunt. On the run, our friends team up with a decaying travelling circus, headed by Vitaly (Bryan Cranston
), a gruff, knife-throwing Russian tiger and convince them they are circus animals themselves.
Vitaly's old-school circus is revamped with modern flair, including Alex's clumsy trapeze act with sexy Gia (Jessica Chastain
) and the emotional Roberto Benigni
-like sea-lion Stefano (Martin Short
), who has long dreamed of being shot out of a cannon.
Dreamworks have outdone themselves with the glorious 3D rendering in Madagascar 3
, especially with the circus scenes, accompanied by the modern dance-pop soundtrack. They are truly breathtaking, and leave kids and parents alike with a feeling of excitement and celebration.
series has always benefited from the well-chosen voice cast, especially Rock and Schwimmer's so-NYC profiles, with Rock's loudmouthed street savvy and Schwimmer's Brooklyn-Jewish neurosis underlying the juxtaposition of city life and the wild.
Oscar winner McDormand steals the limelight, hilariously haute
French, even singing Edith Piaf
Take a walk on the not-so-wild side and enjoy this movie.
Click here to watch the trailer!