Sunday, October 28, 2012
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
I've reviewed the first movie, now it's time for the second one...nuff said really.
Plot: The zoo animals along with King Julien and Maurice repair the crashed and fly off back to New York. But then the plane starts working to they crash into Africa. There Alex finds his parents who lost him when he was kidnapped by hunters which eventually lead him to live in the Central Park Zoo, Marty meets a herd of zebras who appear and sound just like him, Melvin becomes the witch doctor for the entire reserve, and Gloria becomes attracted to a smooth-talking hippo named Moto Moto. But then Alex has to do a ritual to earn his right as the son of an alpha lion, but is lead to believe that it's a dance competition, and Melvin starts to reveal that he has feelings for Gloria.
This wasn't all that better. I mean I understand that critics at RottenTomatoes.com say it's "an improvement on the original, with more fleshed-out characters, crisper animation and more consistent humor,". And...well I do agree that the animation was better. Are the characters more fleshed-out...I guess...well I think the better thing to say is that they are more fleshed-out compared to the first one, but not by much. The humor...I honestly think is just the same it was from the first movie. Not as clever, but it did have some cute comedy still. But what really makes this movie not that grand was the story. It just was generally less as original as the first movie because it was roughly similar to films like The Lion King and Happy Feet (again, RT) and while the Melvin-Gloria romance might seem interesting, when I think off it, all I think about is the romance between Ross and Rachel from F.r.i.e.n.d.s. and how there's the fact that David Schimmer (who played Ross in the show) voices Melvin on top of the fact that the romance is pretty much the same exact thing. All in all, it's the same thing, it's just a little worse in terms of the lack of originality with the story.
So that's basically my review for Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. You might enjoy it for how things with the animation and characters are slightly better and enjoy the comedy, but it really is just the same thing only that the plot takes things from a couple of movies and kick-a tv show. (sorry I just had to put it that way. I mean...it's F.r.i.e.n.d.s. for heaven sakes.)