MADAGASCAR ESCAPE 2 AFRICA
Toy Story 2 setup a precedence on how a sequel should be done.
The notion that it should be as good or better than its
original and should make movie goers talk about it became
a standard rule. Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath and the DreamWorks
animation studios did just that in Madagascar Escape 2
Africa. A film that is better than its original in every
aspect and will have families laughing and highly entertained
this Holiday season.
Madagascar Escape 2 Africa begins just
where the first one left off. We find Alex the Lion, Marty the
Zebra, Gloria the Hippopotamus and Melman the Giraffe trying
to get back to New York in an old crashed 2 engine plane. But
who is fixed and dared to pilot the airplane? you guest it.
Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico, the ingenious and
eccentric Penguins, accompanied by Phil and Mason
the chimps. Characters that were the bread and butter of the comedy
in the first Madagascar. Also we find Julien the King-Tailed
Lemur, who has decided to join the lost tourist New
Yorkers in their return home. All these favorite characters
make their appearance in the first five minutes of the film,
setting the tone for a movie full of adventure,
comedy and fun.
Writers and directors Eric
Darnell and Tom McGrath managed to create a story,
which is far superior than its predecessor, providing a simple, but
engaging story that goes deeper in the personality of
this zoo-raised friends. This time around the main story is
Alex the lion and his return to his mother land,
Africa. However in this story not only Alex gets to find things
about his roots, also Marty, Melman and Gloria get the
opportunity to get in touch with their races. The amazing
thing about this screenplay, was the ability of Eric
Darnell and Tom McGrath to create quality screen time for over
13 characters and still be able to keep the
story nicely flowing.
Once again, the funny scenes belong to
the Penguins. Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico. These
hilarious characters get plenty of exposure in the film to provide
the laughs that made them the fan favorites in the first Madagascar.
A character that gets more screen time this time is,
Julien the King-Tailed Lemur who made a big splash in
the prequel with his dancing and singing abilities (Remember
I like to move it, move it?). The only difference is
that this time Julien will be captivating audiences with
his whistling abilities.
The animation is also better in this
sequel, vivid colors and smooth movements that provide an
exceptional IMAX experience, giving Madagascar Escape 2 Africa all the elements
necessary to make this film the best movie of
this Holiday Season.
Review By The Critic
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