Sunday, 15 November 2015

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

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Country

USA

Voice Cast

Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Bernie Mac, Sherri Shepherd, Alec Baldwin, Elisa Gabrielli, will.i.am, Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, John DiMaggio, Conrad Vernon, Fred Tatasciore, Eric Darnell, Al Roker, Stephen Kearin, Danny Jacobs, Dan O'Connor, Stacy Ferguson, Harland Williams, Bridget Hoffman

Storyline

The animals try to fly back to New York City, but all of a sudden their plane crashes and they land in the wilderness of Africa, where Alex (Ben Stiller) meets the rest of his family, but has trouble communicating with them after spending so much time at the Central Park Zoo.

Opinion

The original Madagascar had a promising premise but it was poorly put together, so making a better sequel wasn't hard at all, even though the chance of making a worse film was just around the corner. Luckily, this one is better than the first entry, and not slightly.

The stronger story, the improved animation, and the funnier jokes make of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa a freshalicious comedy for everyone to enjoy.

The plot is still very simple, predictable and easy to follow - it's a kids movie after all - but the several sub plots make the film much stronger and more entertaining than its predecessor.

The film opens with a brief summary of the first installment, which is a good thing, so there is no need to see the first film to understand what's happening in this one.

This film also has more heart than the original - I actually found myself rooting for Alex -, it delivers a stronger message of friendship, and the characters seem better developed. Marty, Melman, and Gloria all have interesting interactions with the African animals. Also there is more King Julien - he is such a cutie, and so hilarious, and Sacha Baron Cohen really deserves the credits for that - and more penguins, which totally steal the show by the way.

However there was something very annoying about this film: the old lady. I really couldn't stand her. I'm glad she is not in the third movie.


Quotes

Private: In case of a loss of oxygen, please place your masks over your faces to hide your terrified expressions from the other passengers.

2 comments :

  1. I liked all the movies so far (except maybe the one only with the penguins) and I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed this one. And I agree, number two really is better than the first one.

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    1. The penguins' one is actually my favourite

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