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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Movie Review

Updated on March 12, 2013
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HL Keeley has received a Bachelors degree in middle grade education. She is currently teaching high school.


My sister came up to visit me at school. There was not much to do, so what do we do? Go to a movie of course.

The theatre in Sylva only plays four movies: Brave, Rock of Ages, Madagascar 3, and Snow White and the Huntsman (which ended at the theatre today). At midnight, they were having a showing of Magic Mike, but we did not want to come back at 2 am even for a discount.

My sister does not like musicals. I already saw Snow White, and she did not want to see Brave. We both wanted to see Madagascar both seeing the first two. Our expectations were high since the first two were done well.

Movie Summary

The movie begins in Alex the lion's(voiced by Ben Stiller) nightmare about being stuck in Africa forever. He wakes up to find that it was only a nightmare and more determined to get out of Africa. So with his friends Marty the zebra (voiced by Chris Rock), Melman the giraffe (voiced by David Schwimmer), and Gloria the Hippo (voiced by Jada Pinkett Smith), they set off to Monte Carlo to find the monkeys that went ahead to find help. This is where their journey begins to get back to New York all the while trying to avoid the crazy animal control officer, Caption Chanel DuBois (voiced by Frances McDormand), a taxidermy animal head collector with her eye's set on Alex's head. On the way they run into a failing circus on their way to Rome to impress an American scout. How will the zoo animals ever get back to New York?

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Trailer


This movie was cute. The graphics were well done, but definitely made to be seen in 3-D. This can be seen with a car chase and the circus performances.

A lot of money went into this movie that their must not have been enough for a decent script writer. There was hardly any dialogue. Most of the movie was full of popular music, such as "Firework" by Katy Perry and "We No Speak Italiano" by Yolando Be Cool, and an original song made popular in the trailer "Circus Afro" performed by Chris Rock.

The characters already had enough development from the first two movies that they did not do much with character development in this movie, especially with the new characters like Gia (voiced by Jessica Chastain) and Vitaly (voiced by Bryan Cranston). These new character's were given brief moments through the use of flashback and monologues to see why they love being part of the circus.

I also feel that they dumbed down Marty. I felt like he was the comedic relief for the children with a simpler comedy. The other jokes in the movie were more sophisticated and aimed at Canadians, which children would not pick up on.

I really would like to see a spinoff of the circus animals before they met the zoo animals to get more of a sense of the friendship that was not seen in the flashbacks.

Overall this movie is a good movie to watch, but not for seven dollars. Wait until it comes out on TV or Netflix.

"I really like the movie. It was funny and had a lot of music."

My sister's review of the movie. I mention my sister a lot in my articles because she is an incoming freshman in college. She is eighteen and really enjoys music and action in movies. This movie definitely had that for her without being really serious like James Bond movies and Jason Bourne movies.

It is basically an action movie for children.

Circus Afro/ I Like to Move It Remix


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    • HLKeeley profile imageAUTHOR

      HL Keeley 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      LOL I love that bathroom bit. 5 Stars=0 Bathroom Breaks

      I really wish I went and saw Brave.

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      6 years ago from Virginia

      Excellent review....I wish we would have read your review before we took a group of 5....parents and three kids under 6 to see this movie...we could have saved our money.....normally in a kids movie we can tell how good a movie is by how many visits to the bathroom the little kids request....a movie like Toy bathroom breaks at all....Shrek bathroom break......Madgascar 3.....3 bathroom felt like I spent more time in the bathroom than I did in the movie.

      Voted up and useful.

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      I've been a fan of Madagascar series. Very much love your review!

    • sen.sush23 profile image


      6 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Heaher, I liked your review of the film. The two way review, with a different age-group giving its viewpoint, is very original idea and absolutely wonderful, so people can choose per inclinations.

      As I have not seen the earlier two, I am not a judge, but the trailers kind of hinted at the quality of your review. The sound track however seems quite good. I probably will go by the sum up, that this is an action movie for children. Voted up and shared.

    • HLKeeley profile imageAUTHOR

      HL Keeley 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      The trailer hypes it up. It is a really quick movie and not worth the money. STRONGLY advise to wait until it comes out on DVD or TV.

    • beingwell profile image


      6 years ago from Bangkok

      I wanna wanna wanna wanna watch this! Don't like 3D's though...


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