Madagascar

Name: Madagascar
Year: 2005
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 86
Description: At New York’s Central Park Zoo, a lion, a zebra, a giraffe, and a hippo are best friends and stars of the show. But when one of the animals goes missing from their cage, the other three break free to look for him, only to find themselves reunited … on a ship en route to Africa. When their vessel is hijacked, however, the friends, who have all been raised in captivity, learn first-hand what life can be like in the wild.
Stars: Chris Rock, Ben Stiller and David Schwimmer
Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

At first I didn’t think I’d be able to watch this one as my speakers are giving up the ghost, but earphones came to the rescue. Obviously this is a simple film, but I enjoyed it nevertheless except for the stupid Alex ‘subplot’ at the end.

Hans Zimme’s cheerful score was a really pleasant surprise after all his superhero trash I recently endured.

The narrator was obviously having a great time recording all the descriptions, but it would have been nice had he said a little more from time to time.

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The Family Stone

Name: The Family Stone
Year: 2005
Rating: PG-13
Running Time (minutes): 103
Description: The Stone family unites in common cause when their favorite son brings his uptight girlfriend home for the Christmas holiday, with plans of proposing. Overwhelmed by the hostile reception, she begs her sister to join her for emotional support, triggering further complications.
Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker and Claire Danes
Genres: Comedy, Drama Romanc

I think there’s something wrong with the title of this film. It’s about the Stone family, not about a secret heirloom. Also don’t really understand why they broadcast a Christmas film in July. I really liked Diane Keaton and Craig T Nelson, who said very little, but when he did speak, the emotion was always palpable. The ending was rather good (except for the fact that Meredith wasn’t stabbed to death), I only wish the rest had been just as good.

Giacchino’s score was surprisingly pleasant, though, but someone needs to tell the guy about reverb, fast.

The audio description was ineffective at times. I had to consult Wikipedia twice before I understood who was who.