Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Posted 09 December 2011 - 01:04 PM
Posted 15 June 2012 - 07:11 AM
I was going for exasperated and weary, yes, though with more tolerant and positive notes here and there. At least some of my annoyance ("those dratted penguins") was meant to be amusing.
Actually, the word that I think best describes both the film(s) and the mood I meant to convey in my review is dull. The series is just so mediocre, so soulless and money-grubbing, a little visual panache here and there aside. Still, it doesn't actively annoy me to the tune of the likes of Mr. Popper's Penguins or Alice in Wonderland.
I'd like to hear from Peter on this—I know he saw the film and had a similar response, yes?
P.S. In my combox at the Register, one appreciative reader acclaimed my first sentence ("I blame the penguins for Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted") as the "Best. Opening. Line. Ever."
Posted 16 June 2012 - 12:40 PM
: I'd like to hear from Peter on this—I know he saw the film and had a similar response, yes?
Similar, yeah. Some of the story choices seemed rather arbitrary, like having the animals suddenly pop up in Monte Carlo just one scene after they were still sitting around in Africa -- if they can travel so easily, why make such a big deal of them being stranded in the first place? And, I dunno, but the various character arcs just seemed kind of obvious, the screenwriting very by-the-numbers. And then there are all the pop-culture references (hearing Katy Perry's 'Fireworks' *twice* in this film, and right after hearing it during the trailer for the upcoming Katy Perry concert movie, was a little much); in fact, I think there was a 'Born Free' riff in here that made me wonder if the filmmakers were even aware that they had already done a 'Born Free' riff in the *first* Madagascar.
That "Afro Circus" tune gets surprisingly catchy after three or four or five listens, though. Surprisingly, and maddeningly, catchy.
Posted 16 June 2012 - 06:14 PM
Posted 16 June 2012 - 06:40 PM
Edited by Christian, 16 June 2012 - 07:22 PM.
Posted 16 June 2012 - 06:46 PM
Posted 19 June 2012 - 11:01 AM
My boys really liked it. It may be because theater viewing is still a rare and wonderful experience in our family or it may be those pesky penguin's SDG mentioned above. However, they were extremely bored by the neon circus sequence. And to SDG's other point, they also made a loud vocal note during the movie about how fast the 4 animals got to Monte carlo.
Overall, it is a good, silly animation to take the kids to but it has very little redeeming value in conveying a strong message of any sort. The friendship message is watered down and Alex the Lion is, once again, completely and utterly selfish in his quest. Yep, it's all about the money and keeping the stdio name out there in this growing market of competition.
Posted 19 June 2012 - 11:05 AM
Posted 19 June 2012 - 11:10 AM
Yeah, it was Peter. Sorry, thoughts of Madagascar numbed my mind. Thanks for not "Ahem"ing me Peter
Posted 20 June 2012 - 09:26 AM
I think I have been doing much better about this, but I still struggle greatly with bad cartoons. (And I do find most cartoons bad. But there have been exceptions, and I think I'm getting better at this.)
To me, Madagascar 3 suffered from characters who, like much of what you'd find on Nickelodeon, seem to have nothing to say if they're not screaming. This is ONE key thing that sometimes weeds out the good from the bad, and it is a quick and easy way to identify a weed.
Posted 20 June 2012 - 10:08 AM
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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:33 PM
Posted 01 November 2012 - 01:05 AM
Edited by Peter T Chattaway, 01 November 2012 - 01:06 AM.