Movie review in exam time?? Well as some of old readers may be knowing that I am a huge fan of animation movies and I don’t miss watching a single one, no matter what. Moreover all work and no play makes Reema a dull blogger. 🙂
Madagascar 2 Escape to Africa, the much awaited sequel to the successful animation movie Madagascar released today in India. The movie starts with the story behind an African Lion (Alex) being an entertainer at the New York Central Park Zoo. The story is somewhat similar to the Lion King, the similarities being father of the cub being the leader of the pride and a rival lion wanting to be the leader of the pride. After the flashback, the movie comes back to the present time where Alex and his friends Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo are having the time of their lives at Madagascar.
But when their plane crashes in the middle of Africa while on its way back to Manhattan, the real story begins with the penguins, the lemur king, his aide and our protagonists being stranded in Africa. The sequel has lots of gags, emotional reconnection between father and son, a spoof on “Lost” and a love story. But the jokes are a bit repetitive. The music is nice. The penguins are wonderful and make the movie worth watching. The movie belongs to them and not to the four main characters. Overall, the sequel is good and entertaining though it has some slow patches. Definitely worth watching once.
Vinay Pathak is now all over Bollywood it seems. After Dasvidaniya, he is back as the character of Rajendra Dubey in the movie Oh, My God!!. He will remind you of that friend of yours who has taken up the part time job of selling some scheme to earn some extra money and keeps hounding you to invest in the scheme. The director has captured the typical scheme salesman character and the behavior of irritated people quite aptly. The movie is being narrated by God (Saurabh Shukla). God himself is tired of Dubey and his plans of becoming rich through his scheme; when he already has a good job and is happliy married. Dubey wants to get rich but ethically.
So its a hilarious situation when God decides to make him rich and he goes on refusing his stroke of good fortune. “Bhagwan deta par Dubey nahi leta” is the tagline of the movie. Divya Dutta plays the sweet and understanding wife who supports her husband’s obsession. Vinay Pathak is good as usual. But he should take a break now. Frequent releases may lead to stagnation. The music isn’t anything special. The movie delivers a social message that satisfaction and happiness are within us and not in external factors like money. The movie may not be worth spending money on theater ticket but definitely watchable once on DVD at home (like I did). Especially for those who are into these money making schemes and are getting lost in them.