Andres' Review of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
To be honest, I have always had a soft spot for the Madagascar series. The first was smart, witty and actually funny, but, that is for another review. Madagascar Escape 2 Africa (notice the "brilliant" usage of the number 2) is one of those rare films that is actually better than its predecessor. It builds upon it's predecessor and goes above and beyond to give you a crazy, new adventure.
This time, the titular animals crash land in Africa in their attempt to return to New York. Here, they meet their families and get to learn more about their own cultures. The story may not be as original as the first one, but it has its own unique charm that makes this one stand out. The 4 main characters each get their own sub-plots as well; whether its trying to reclaim one's lost honor or get the girl, the story makes each character special and funny in their own way. It is filled with funny and sometimes downright hilarious jokes that keep the film lively and entertaining even during the more serious parts. The writing is actually pretty decent and not too dull.
The animation is very nice. Everything looks amazing and it really helps to bring the African savanna to life. Even though I could never get used to the human designs in this film, it did not detract from the experience.
The entire cast fills their roles perfectly, along with the new additions. Bernie Mac (note, this was his final role in a film) was a fantastic addition as Alex's (Steve Carrel) father. Although the zebras could get a tad bit annoying at times, the lemurs were really the ones who stole the show. Sacha Baron Cohen as the lemur king, Julian, was hilarious and his return was greatly appreciated.
I would like to point out the amazing music Madagascar 2 had. Composed by the legendary Hanz Zimmern, it really brought a African-feel to the film and helped set the mood nicely.
Overall, Madagascar 2 is a great family film with hilarious jokes, a great story, nice characters and beautiful visuals. The film will please the younger crowd for sure, while still having something entertaining for the adults as well. This movie is perfect for your children's sleepover or just a normal get together with friends. Its sure to get some good laughs and with catchy music, it'll surely get you to "move it, move it". 9/10