Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

2009-02-06 12:36
 
What it's about:

Alex the Lion finds himself in Africa after a failed attempt to return to the New York Zoo with his friends Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo. When water runs dry in their new home on the savannah, it is left to Alex to find water and prove to everyone that a zoo animal can cut it in the wild.

What we thought of it:

So, probably the best family movie of 2005 is back.

This time, the previously-marooned zoo escapees leave Madagascar behind in their own crudely constructed jet, but soon crash land in the middle of the Kenyan savannah. There, Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller) discovers his long lost mother and father, whom he was taken from as a young cub.

Unfortunately, he soon finds himself needing redemption after failing the rite of passage in his father’s pride. Who knew they meant "fight another lion", and not "dance against another lion"? Certainly not him. It’s safe to say that in its second incarnation, Madagascar gives us what we want: more of the same fabulous Dreamworks humour (slapstick and otherwise), new great characters (including Nana, the strongest granny in the world) and most importantly, more penguins!

Let’s be honest. Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private, the lethally trained penguins from the first Madagascar, were the funniest characters by a country mile. Thankfully, they’ve all been up-sized for the sequel and now have much more screen time to enthrall, entertain and sabotage the human race as only they can.

Watching four Arctic birds hi-jack a Land Rover is an extraordinary privilege, to say the least. As often happens with sequels, the story is somewhat overshadowed by the mammoth task of recreating the magic that drew us to these characters the first time around. Madagascar 2 is neither pointless nor plotless; in fact, the plot seems a little more rounded.

But… with jokes and gags flying in every direction, mining the funny out of every plot-significant situation, we often forget to suspend our disbelief. No matter. There are plenty of tear-jerkers, heart massages and moralising "thou shalt not" flicks amongst all the Christmas box office fare. This one is about the laughs, as it should be: neurotic talking animals can serve no greater purpose.
Continuing adventures of Alex the Lion and his best friends Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo.

Celeste 2008/12/11 11:56 AM
Can't wait to go and see it!!!
Darryl 2008/12/11 11:59 AM
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excellent movie!
Milton 2008/12/11 12:15 PM
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This was the best movie of 2008!!!
grant 2008/12/18 2:22 PM
Better than the first one!!
Jeanine 2008/12/23 2:09 PM
Awesome movie
kim 2009/01/06 9:23 AM
Enjoyed the first one more but as was with the first one - these characters are a scream and the one-liners are classic
osiris 2009/01/25 10:05 AM
gr8 family fun movie, awesome tunes, keep forgetting that it is computer animation.
S 2009/02/09 9:25 AM
Great movie, lives up to the first one's story line. A must see.
Dominique 2009/02/10 6:41 PM
My husband has joined the King Julian fan club after seeing Madagascar 2. A good laugh all the way.
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