Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa

Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa  Madagascar2poster

Family Alert: this is a perfect movie for the whole family to enjoy!

Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa” is a delight!  No matter what age you might be, you will find yourself laughing quite a bit at this movie.  Featuring the vocal talents of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alec Baldwin, Cedric the Entertainer, the late Bernie Mac, and Sacha Baron Cohen, “Escape” really has a great script.  It’s the kind of comedy that you’ll be quoting to your friends as soon as you exit the theater.

If you remember the first film “Madagascar”, a zebra, a lion, a giraffe, and a hippo escape from the New York City Zoo and accidentally land in Madagascar.  Trying to make their way in the wilderness, this strange foursome encounters a lovable society of lemurs, ruled by the over-the-top King Julien.  However, in its sequel, King Julien and his henchman join the antics as the animals try to head back to civilization.  Once more, accidents happen and the characters find themselves in Africa.

The antics of the clandestine penguins are an absolute hilarity, including the riotous love affair involving a certain hula girl.  Imagine: a penguin “negotiating” with a work force of chimpanzees.  Even the kids thought that was funny!  There is aslo plenty of fun involving Melman, the giraffe and his quest to find his own place in the world.  I particularly liked the use of David Schwimmer’s voice for Melman.  For some reason, you can’t help but think of his role of Ross on the TV show “Friends”.  However, it is King Julien that absolutely had me laughing in the aisles.  Sacha Baron Cohen steals the show.  The nutty monarch of the lemurs has so many catch phrases and one-liners that you may need to watch this film multiple times just to get them all!

I won’t spoil the big surprise of the movie for anyone who hasn’t seen this yet, but I will say that it was a lovely return by a fun character who was only briefly in the first film.  Etan Cohen is the writer for this one and I have to say he was absolutely on point.  This may surprise some of you, but Mr. Cohen was also the writer for “Tropic Thunder”.  I only mention that because this writer seems to have a penchant for writing some hilarious lines for supporting roles.

All in all, “Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa” is a perfect family fun film as it has humor that appeals to audiences of multiple ages.  I was impressed at the end of the movie when I noticed a large group of children were singing to the song playing over the credits – and dancing with their parents!  I don’t see too many movies that bring that kind of joy to a crowd any more.  So, if you are looking for a film that the whole family can enjoy, I highly recommend this movie!

…and that’s it for this edition of the REEL VOICE

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