Cannes: Dreaworks' "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" Felt Dull and Tired

Posted 2:25 AM May 19th, 2012 by Senh Duong
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Because the plot for “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” (voiced by Ben Stiller and Chris Rock) involves the gang of zoo animals making a trip through Europe to return to their zoo in New York, we’re getting it at the Cannes Film Festival.

It’s really not a festival type of film. In my screening, it was the least filled theater so far. As for the movie, I slept through the first 10-15 minutes. It’s not the film’s fault. I haven’t slept much the previous night because I wanted to recalibrate my sleeping schedule to accommodate early morning screenings for the rest of the festival.

Based on what I saw, I wasn’t impressed. I liked the first “Madagascar” because of the interesting character design, cute characters, colorful backgrounds and ultra cartoony animation.

I skipped the second one.

I couldn’t quite get into “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.” Having the gang back just to be in an updated circus with acts enhanced by computer animation isn’t much of a draw to me. I didn’t think much of it was funny, only laughing a couple times. The was one good line in the film, but that was about it.

The European landscapes and architecture were nice, but I found similar settings in Pixar’s “Cars 2” to be more breathtaking. Chris Rock’s delivery got on my nerves this time out too.

Reviews for the previous two films on Rotten Tomatoes were 55% and 64%, respectively. I think this one will fall below 55%.

In terms of box office, the first two films did well for Dreamworks, making $190M and $180M respectively. Part three will probably see a more significant drop in box office.

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