MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE'S MOST WANTED
Genre: Animated family comedy
Premise: Leaving the comfort of Africa behind, Alex (Ben Stiller), Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith), Marty (Chris Rock), and Melman head to Europe and join a traveling circus in yet another attempt to get back to their zoo in Manhattan.
Behind-the-Scenes: The script was co-written by Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale). Say, what?
The Good: Probably the best of the three Madagascar movies. It's fast-paced and manic - jokes whiz by and the movie works hard to entertain. The animation is bright and stylish, and though I didn't see the movie in 3D, I suspect it works pretty well in that format. Bryan Cranston, Jessica Chastain, and Martin Short contribute solid voice work as the new circus animals. Two words: Circus Afro.
The Bad: The movie may be too manic for it's own good and is hard to take seriously as anything other than a 90-minute kid diversion. Katy Perry's "Firework" is beyond overplayed at this point - did we really need it to be used twice in the last 20 minutes? Two words: Circus Afro.
Should You See It?: Yes. It's a fun, silly summer movie. Perfect for kids, and adults should get a kick out of it as well.
Rating: ***1/2 out of 5 stars.