Sunday, June 05, 2005

Movie Review: Madagascar

Allow me to deviate a bit from the usual geek stuff I have been blabbering about in my previous posts. I will don my movie critic hat for this one and will talk about the movie Madagascar which the pamilya di-magiba went on to watch yesterday at the Golden Village Cinemas at Tampines Mall.

The movie is about the fancy of Marty the Zebra (voiced by Chris Rock) to "return to the wild." Marty, together with his friends Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer) and Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) are the pampered lot of Manhattan's Central Park Zoo. Alex is the narcissistic "King" of the zoo, Gloria the maternal and protective member of the group, Melman is the hypochondriac, pill-popping giraffe, and Marty who daydreams about frolicking in the wild during his workouts.

How the four ended up in Madagascar through a bunch of hilarious misadventures is really quite entertaining (the pace was quite fast, afaiac). Ali G voicing King Julien the 13th, the lemur king, provides added laughs with his Rastafarian antics and all.

Overall, the movie is very entertaining, the visuals lush and detailed but replete with human quirks. Butoy had a blast, Am-am said she just luuurve the movie. Rizza, playing the role of spoiler to the hilt, said it was so-so and a tad boring. Me? I have to agree with the kids on this one.

Next stop, Tom Cruise's "War of the Worlds."


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