Alex (Ben Stiller), Marty (Chris Rock), Gloria (Jada Pinkett-Smith) and Melman (David Schwimmer) are tired of living in Africa and want to return to their beloved New York City Zoo. The problem is, the penguins have flown off with their plane and left them behind. Their only option is to track them down in Monte Carlo and get the penguins to fly them back to New York City Zoo.

When the gang make it to Monte Carlo, things don’t go according to plan. They are being hunted by the nasty Captain Chantel Dubois (Frances McDormand), and joining the circus seems to be the only way to escape her and make it home.

Madagascar 3: Escape to the Circus is much better than Madagascar 2, and almost as good as the original.

The Madagascar films work, not necessarily because of the story, but because of the witty one liners the characters deliver and the frenetic pace that the film moves at.

This film follows that formula and plays to its strengths, the characters! The main group are funny but the laughs are louder because the main cast is surrounded by hilarious, over the top, supporting characters. All the fan favourites, such as the penguins and King Julian, are back for this installment and the new characters that have been added, are just that, characters! They fit right in. From Stefano the affable, not so intelligent, seal (Martin Short), to Gia the lioness (Jessica Chastain), to Vitaly the tortured tiger (Bryan Cranston), and the over the top villainous Captain Chantel Dubois (Frances McDormand).

My only complaint is that it is in 3D. There’s no need to get frustrated by those annoying glasses, save your money and watch it in 2D as the 3D does not add to the animation experience! The animation is good, although the depiction of the major cities they travel to, such as Rome, Monte Carlo and London, have already been captured more beautifully in Pixar’s Cars 2 (although this is a far superior movie to that!).

This film is a bit more preachy than the previous two, with the message of, “following your passion is the most important thing,” being hammered home. That said, the wit and humour helps to make it not so sugary sweet.

Madagascar 3: Escape to the Circus is like the Circus – big, bright, extravagant, fun, and a film that the whole family can enjoy.

Madagascar 3: Escape to the Circus is in Irish cinemas now.

That’s Entertainment!
Sarina 🙂

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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  1. JoLee says:

    The Madagascar movies have been a favorite in my house for some time and the kids re-watch the films frequently. My kids of course want me to buy the movie for the rainbow wig that is advertised on TV but we haven’t seen it yet. So I added it to my Blockbuster @ Home queue and it should be here in the next few days via mail. I did find the clip of the gang getting into the circus act funny but it also made me wonder if all animals come with the ability to do circus acts without training. I work at DISH so I’ve been using Blockbuster for a while now and I was hoping they would have Madagascar 3 available. I found that watching movies in 3D works best for the kids if it’s not a cartoon. My five year old complained that it made her head hurt and I agree, not always the most comfortable experience.

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