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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
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Directed By
Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath

Cast:
Ben Stiller, Sacha Baron Cohen, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, Chris Rock, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Zachary Gordon, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon, Will i Am, Elisa Gabrielli, Thomas Stanley, Kathryn Feller, Herman Almendarez, Bryceson Holcomb

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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
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Movie Review by Martin
November 14th, 2010

I remember seeing the first "Madagascar" years ago, at a friends, whilst intoxicated. I remember reasonably enjoying it (or was it more the company I was in?) and the film altogether seems to be regarded as one of Dreamworks funnier creations. I've had this sequel stored on my laptop for ages, and having a lousy hangover today after being once again intoxicated last night. Decided to give it a view at long last!

Unfortunately the film falls right in with all the other animal talking CGI cartoons we constantly get from Dream-works and others. Yes there are some funny moments, like Chris Rocks zebra being mixed up with all the exactly the same other zebras in the movie, and the penguins of the first movie are once again scene stealers here, but what of all the cons. There's usually an annoying comedy sidekick in there somewhere and here it's that infamous mad singing Lemur. He was in the first movie too, but my memory of that film is so hazy I can't exactly say I liked that one all too much now either to be honest. Its unusual that the most annoying character though is not one of the celebrity voiced animals but some tough old granny who keeps making an appearance and was presumably in the first film too, probably briefly, but they thought she was so funny they'd bring her back and overuse her this time.

Overall, its a very weird movie this, with giraffes being in love with hippos and the like. OK, so its a kids film I hear you cry! But with references to purely adult subjects (at one point the Hippo character asks if she's "tripping?") it feels fair to call it a film that's just way too weird! I was wondering what I'd let myself in for in the absolutely crazy and terrible first 20 minutes or so, but it gradually gets sort off better, or at least more acceptable.

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