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Muppets Most Wanted: On with the show

 

 
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Release Date: March 21, 2014
 
Length: 112 minutes
 
Directing
7.0


 
Plot
6.0


 
Acting
8.0


 
Cinematography
8.0


 
Total Score
7.3
7.3/ 10


 

Whoa


The movie is humorously self-aware, packed with cameos and filled with fun musical numbers.

No


The jewel heist is all-too familiar territory and the story is a little slow in parts.


Bottom Line

Clark Kent’s glasses concealed his true superhero identity from a city of millions, so it’s not so surprising that a little green makeup over a mole might hide a criminal mastermind from a train filled with Muppets.   Number one villain Constantine—the world’s most dangerous frog—escapes from a Russian gulag. With a simple disguise and the […]

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Clark Kent’s glasses concealed his true superhero identity from a city of millions, so it’s not so surprising that a little green makeup over a mole might hide a criminal mastermind from a train filled with Muppets.   Number one villain Constantine—the world’s most dangerous frog—escapes from a Russian gulag. With a simple disguise and the help of his number two (Dominic Badguy, played by comedian Ricky Gervais), a conniving Constantine frames Kermit, fools all his best friends and joins the Muppet world tour.

The evil “Kermit” charms Miss Piggy, lets Gonzo and the gang run amok and pulls off a series of high-profile robberies. CIA agent Sam the Eagle and Interpol’s Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell channeling Pink Panther’s Inspector Jacques Clouseau) reluctantly join forces to solve the case. Meanwhile, at the request of the ever-watchful guard Nadya (a secretly love-struck Tina Fey), the real Kermit directs the prison talent show highlighting the artistic sides of fellow prisoners Big Papa (Ray Liotta) and Danny Trejo.

The film is humorously self-aware, populated with incredibly random cameos (James McAvoy, Toby Jones, Frank Langella, Tom Hiddleston and Celine Dion, among others) and filled with clever musical numbers by Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie. (Conchords’ co-creator James Bobin is Muppets Most Wanted‘s director and co-creator/co-star Jemaine Clement sings and dances his way through the Siberian slammer.)

I was nervous heading into this latest adventure—especially after seeing the bizarre and joyless Lady Gaga television special featuring these felt-covered friends. While it is a bit darker than the last film and a little slow toward the end, Muppets Most Wanted stays true to its roots and packs plenty of laughs for fans of all ages. Perhaps we’ll get an eighth big screen installment in the not-so-different future.


Sam

 
Sam is live-music -loving vegetarian communications professional with an entertainment, travel and tourism background. A restless soul, Sam believes in getting out there and doing things because you only go around once but knows she could benefit from a little more sleep. Give her a reason to see a movie, catch a concert or explore a new destination at sam@whopperjaw.net.


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