DIR: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon WRI: Eric Darnell, Noah Baumbach • PRO: Mireille Soria, Mark Swift • ED: Nick Fletcher • DES: Kendal Cronkhite • CAST: Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Sacha Baron Cohen
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted reunites the menagerie of loveable critters for a third time as we join them on their Wizard of Oz quest to return home.
There’s Alex the willful lion (Ben Stiller), Marty, the eternally enthusiastic zebra (Chris Rock), Melman, the dizzy giraffe (David Schwimmer), Gloria, the big sister hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and King Julien, the bear- infatuated lemur (Sacha Baron Cohen).
The film kicks off with a spectacular chase through Monte Carlo as the gang evades the deliciously boo-guaranteed police chief Capitaine Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand), who also happens to be a big-game hunter and there’s some empty space on her walls that need to be filled with animal heads. Arghhh.
From here the animals hook up with a circus and make their way across Europe in order to to impress a big promoter in Rome and earn themselves a booking in New York thereby returning to Central Park Zoo.
The film whizzes along at a tremendous pace fuelled with a fizzy-pop-drinking-child’s energy ripping through its riotous shenanigans and comedy capers with the right balance of set-ups, gags,one-liners and slapstick to keep things rollicking along
Th 3D is used to great effect throughout, particularly with the circus giving us a wop-bop-pow eye-popping sequence and should have most children singing ‘Circus afro, circus afro’ for the rest of the day. DreamWorks have recovered from their disappointing sequel and have nailed it with a big plastic hammer on this instalment.
In the words of the much maligned and missed New Kids on the Block ‘This One’s for the Children‘.
One thing’s for sure – there’s no fear of any bored kids in the cinema with the posse from Magdagascar 3 in front of them, which means Daddy can nip out for a beer.
Please note: Film Ireland do not condone nipping out for beers while leaving your children in the cinema.
Rated G (see IFCO website for details)
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is released on 19th October 2012