Muppets Most Wanted

Muppets Most Wanted

Director: James Bobin

Writers: James Bobin, Nicholas Stoller, Jim Henson

Cast: Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Tony Bennett, Hugh Bonneville, William Brand, Andrés Cantor, Jemaine Clement, Sean Combs, Kenneth Collard, Salma Hayek, Lady Gaga, Rob Corddry, Mackenzie Crook, Céline Dion, Zach Galifianakis, Josh Groban, Toby Jones, Tom Hiddleston, Frank Langella, Ray Liotta, Ross Lynch, James McAvoy, Usher Raymond, Aleksandar Mikic, Chloë Grace Moretz, Fleur Poad, Dylan Postl, Miranda Richardson, Saoirse Ronan, Til Schweiger, Russell Tovey, Danny Trejo, Stanley Tucci, Christoph Waltz

Voice cast: Peter Linz, Matt Vogel, David Rudman, Bill Barretta, Dave Goelz, Eric Jacobson, Steve Whitmire

Synopsis: While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.

MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild action

Muppets theme song

Stevennix2001's Rating:

8.5 / 10

Pros:


- Clever breaking the fourth wall jokes

- Cleverly written comedy

- Muppets are still likable enough to where you'd want to hang out with them; even if you know how the film is going to end.

- Great end credit scenes

- Songs are memorable

- Solid acting performances

Cons:


- Predictable story arc

- Evil double bit is played out exactly as you'd expect; with little to no surprise


Ladies and gentlemen! Please put your hands together for the Muppets movie review!!! Aaahh!!

It's time to play the music. It's time to light the lights. It's time to meet the Muppets on the Muppets movie tonight. It's time to put on makeup. It's time to dress up right. It's time to raise the curtain on the "Muppets Most Wanted" tonight. Why do we always come here? I guess we'll never know. It's like a kind of torture to have to watch these movies, and now let's get things started. Why don't you get things started? It's time to get things started. On the most sensational inspirational celebrational Muppetational! This is what we call the "Muppet Most Wanted!"

Indeed, we knew this was going to happen after the success of the last "Muppets" film. Heck, they even sing a song about it too, at the beginning of the movie, about how sequels rarely ever live up to the original. And in this particular case, it seems kind of appropriate. Granted, this film may not be anywhere near as great as the last one, it still has it's own unique charm to it. The humor is still there, and the movie takes advantage of the fact that audiences know who the Muppets are already; hence furthering the emphasis on comedy these characters create rather than delving into who they are.

Unlike the last film, this one isn't geared to try to sway anyone who isn't a Muppets fan into becoming one. No, this one seems to have the approach that if you weren't swayed by the last movie by this point, then chances are "Muppets Most Wanted" isn't going to change your mind. Another deviation this film makes from the previous one, it's that the story is centered around Kermit this time; instead of the newly introduced Walter, who played a key part in the last one to reintroduce audiences to the Muppets again.

As one might tell from the trailers, the story revolves around whole mistaken identity (evil double) gimmick. Like all movies that use this plot device, you know most of Kermit's friends are obviously going to fall for it, while a select few will have doubts about the evil double. Of course, the majority that do fall for it won't believe the minority. Then, we'll have the whole liar revealed gimmick, where you know the two will have a confrontation at the end. You know everything is somehow going to work out, and everything is fine. Everyone lives happily ever after...and blah blah. Like all Muppet films, this one is nothing if not insanely predictable.

However, that's not what makes any of the Muppet movies enjoyable at all. I mean lets be honest here. We all know none of the Muppet films will ever be nominated for any major movie awards, nor will they ever be known for their groundbreaking stories. No, the reason why we love the Muppets so much is the characters themselves. The clever breaking the fourth wall moments, and cleverly written musical numbers.

Sure, we may always know how the story ends with them for each film, but it's always a lot of fun along the way. The characters themselves are extremely likable, and you can't help but want to hang around those characters; regardless if you know how things will play out.

Seeing a "Muppet" movie will bring out anyone's inner child that grew up watching them, and children will love it too. Not to mention, the celebrity cameos are nicely set up.

Overall, I wouldn't call "Muppets Most Wanted" a great movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it's certainly one of the best family films that I've seen in a long time. The story was fairly decent, and the characters were likable enough to overcome any shortcomings in the script. Not to mention, it was very funny watching the character interactions with each other.

Therefore, it's definitely worth checking out if you haven't seen it already, but I would like to give my readers one note of advice. If you do choose to see this film with your family, or even by yourself, then I would definitely recommend staying to watch the entire closing credits. Throughout various parts of the closing credits, the Muppets make spontaneous appearances that are genuinely entertaining. Granted, these appearances don't really add anything to the story, but it's fun to watch if you're a huge fan of the franchise.

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© 2014 Steven Escareno

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