Film Review: Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
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3/5 The animal stars of Madagascar have come a long way since Alex the lion first tried to escape to the wild in the story’s debut to the big screen in 2005. Yet, in many ways the loveable castaways have not changed at all: they are still dreaming of returning to the zoo and their hearts are still very much in New York. Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are left stranded in Africa by their troublesome winged companions, who reveal - having departed in a plane - that they have no intention of returning. They decide to take hold of their destiny by apparently paddling (the first instance where the audience must suspend their disbelief) to Monte Carlo with the intention of seeking out the penguins and chimps at the infamous casino. Following their abrupt entrance onto the scene, the audience is introduced to the third film’s nemesis, De Bois. A crazed animal hunter from France who has become worryingly similar to her captives, she pursues the group around Rome, London and New York in the hope of gaining Alex’s head for her shrine. Along the way, Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman, with their various small accomplices, are able to assist a failing circus act, with whom they find danger, romance and excitement. On returning to the home they’ve idealised, the foursome realise that captivity is not as attractive post-freedom.
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