I don’t remember liking or finding the first two Madagascar movies enjoyable by any means, but I ended up seeing this one anyway. It was mostly just a time killer for my friend and I, since we couldn’t really think of anything to do the day we were hanging out.
While the movie was kind of a little too hyperactive and all over the place for me personally, I think it’s perfect for little kids. The kids watching it (and even some of the parents) in the theater I was in seemed to enjoy it, and by the end of the movie a handful of the kids were singing Chris Rock’s zebra character’s afro song. I will admit, the tune kind of sticks to you like “The Song That Never Ends.” Haha.
Anyway, for a sample of the afro song, click HERE.
In terms of originality, I don’t think there was anything here that we haven’t seen before in a kids movie, and there was nothing that really surprised me about the plot either. I think it’s a good way to pass the time and a great way for kids to get interested in going to a circus. (It’s also an equally great way to get them disappointed that the circus isn’t as exciting compared to what they see in this movie, haha.)
I think there are a couple inappropriate jokes in here, but hey, what kids movie doesn’t have them lately? Kids are a lot more aware these days anyway, although I do remember one joke being particularly awkward.
I think if you’re looking for something to take your child to, this movie isn’t so bad. In fact, if I’m remembering my experience with the previous two installments correctly, I wasn’t nearly as amused with them as I was by this one. Beware though, there is a chance your kid will probably be singing the “Circus-Afro” song all the way home.
FINAL VERDICT: B
As far as kids movies go, I think this one deserves a B. There’s just the right amount of cute, story, colorfulness, and funny to keep kids entertained.
so you picked this instead of Prometheus ? lol I assume that I will end up checking this out with jr. at some point. Glad to hear that it is not totally terrible.
You know it! The minute someone told me there’s an alien popping out of someone, I was like yeah, no thanks. Your son will probably like it if he likes silly movies. The kids I shared the theater with when I watched this sure seemed to like it. I’m telling you, I still have that circus-afro song stuck in my head, lol.
lol yeah I saw that song in the trailer, lol
That scene you are talking about did have me turning my head, that was a bit tough to watch. 🙂
Lol. I also heard there was a graphic surgery scene. I don’t know if that’s one in the same. Either way, not something I can stomach.