The Madagascar movies are hit and miss for me. The kids love them, but I mostly tolerate them. Except for the penguins. I love the penguins. When a movie with them as the stars was announced, I groaned -- much like I did when a movie starring Gru's minions was announced. Too much of a good thing and all that.
I was pleasantly surprised. The movie was silly, yes. Absurd, even. Unlike the Madagascar movies, which try to wedge in warm fuzzy moments that just don't work, this movie just lets its freak flag fly and goes for broke. As with any movie that does so, its rapid fire jokes are sure to have a few duds. Not even the original 'Airplane!' or 'Top Secret!' are completely dud-free (and they are the pinnacle of intentional absurdity, IMO), so that doesn't worry me. The question is, what's the hit:miss ratio? I'm happy to say it's very high.
I laughed a lot. A whole lot. A whole stinkin' lot.
I read some reviews on IMdB from some folks who must be really unhappy. They complained about the lack of "relevant" jokes, like corporate greed, the environment, global warming, what have you. All I can say, thank God the movie avoided those things like the plague. Message movies are rarely funny, except for the wrong reasons. Like message books, they tend to collapse under their own weight (and I say this about the movies and books that have messages I actually agree with -- the main reason I think most "Christian" movies and books stink -- but I digress).
So, if you're looking for a movie with some political message PRESENTED BY TALKING PENGUINS, you're sure to be disappointed.
If you're looking for a movie that is silly and entertaining with a lot of laughs, try it. You might like it.