Movie Review: Madagascar

Last night we had a screening of the new Dreamworks film Madagascar and I must say, it was one of the most enjoyable, light, fun, upbeat movies I’ve seen in a long time. I had a blast. It was colorful, it was fun, the voice talent was great, and it looked good.

The movie begins with a quartet of animals enjoying the good life in New York’s Central Park Zoo. Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller) is the king of the zoo, performing to the delight of New Yorkers. His friend is Marty the Zebra, who just celebrated his birthday, turning the big 1-0. Rounding out the foursome is Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer) and Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith). Marty is suffering a mid life crisis, and wonders what it would be like in The Wild.

And… well… hilarity ensued.

I really like this film. It was cute, fun, light and easy to watch. Lots of good animation. The style, which I thought looked a bit uneven in the previews, works when it is all stitched together. I’d give it an 8.5/10.