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Dome Pondering Movie Review: Madagascar (2005)


What’s it about?

Four animals are spoiled by their upbringing and current lives in the New York City Central Park Zoo. After the realization of their monotonous lives, one dares on a mission to seek the wild. After an occurrence of events, all four animals end up stranded in a region known as Madagascar.

Who is in it?

Ben Stiller – Alex

Chris Rock – Marty

David Schwimmer – Melman

Jada Pinkett-Smith – Gloria


Favorite Scene:


After planning for sometime, the Penguins in the zoo finally execute their plan to head towards what they believe is paradise in Antarctica. After various events which include taking over a large ship, and thousands of miles of travel, the penguins finally arrive. They stand on the continent in the midst of the freezing cold and whipping winds where one utters, “This sucks!”

Favorite Quote:

[on the subway, Alex roars at a guy hiding behind a newspaper
Alex: “Augh! Knicks lost again!” 
Melman: Eh. Whatcha gonna do?

Review:

Madagascar is yet another of the long line of animation movies that hurried to the big screen during this decade. As the concept grows (as it should) the overall quality amongst them begin to vary. However, Madagascar falls under the umbrella of those that are fun to watch.

Now, I state that off the heels of watching the first two renditions of the Ice Age series, which seemed like they would never end. Yet, attempting to not let that influence an opinion here, Madagascar is film that is fun, only for its cute humor, and quirky jokes. The plot is one that can offer a lot (especially since there is more following the original), and gives the movie direction, which cannot be said for Ice Age. Sorry, I tried.

Madagascar is recommended if you have a little time (90 minutes) and look to relax with some humor. Definitely watchable, but not a desired, must-watch animation like some of the others out there.

Grade: 2/5

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