I'm just putting this out of the way, I enjoyed the first three Madagascar movies. They're nothing groundbreaking, but the films are entertaining, and never once dropped in quality as the series goes on. Penguins of Madagascar was a film that I was looking forward to. I presumed it wouldn't be as good as the original three and I was right. The film looked fun, but boy, it really wasn't. The animation is colourful, and I'm sure little kids will be entertained, but I'm just talking about little kids here. What made the first three films so fun was that they appealed to more than just little kids. They could be, and they were, watched by everyone. With Penguins of Madagascar, while it's not the worst film you could see, it's certainly not as good as it could, and should, have been.
What brings this plot down is that it's all too familiar. It doesn't necessarily take off from any one thing i.e. James Bond, Mission: Impossible, but you can't help but feel that you've seen it all before. It's a tale already told, just, um, not with animals. Right from the get go you can tell how everything plays out, and guess what? It played out exactly how I predicted. With clichéd characters, a predictable plot and an unoriginal outcome, this movie really just didn't do it for me.
To sum up, Penguins of Madagascar is a major letdown after the first three films, all of which I enjoyed. The humour, while funny, is never frequent enough, the storyline goes down a predictable path and everything's just a bit too familiar.