Friday, April 4, 2014

Movie Review: Muppets: Most Wanted

Muppets: Most Wanted
directed by: James Bobin
starring: Kermit the Frog, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, Ricky Gervais, and more.

My feelings about this movie are mixed but for the most part, I really enjoyed it. There were a lot of noisy and messy kids in the theater I went to which was irksome but thank goodness for the extremely loud volume of the film. It drowned most of them out.

The movie started out strong. The first song act was so good and funny. It was about this film being a sequel and it made light of that: It's not always as good as the first, it's something to see while waiting for the next Toy Story movie to come out...

... It also pointed out that this is technically the seventh sequel to the original Muppets film. It was a really catchy and fun song.

Now that the Muppets have established that they are making a sequel, they need to figure out a plot for their story. They decide to go on a world tour. They meet Dominic Badguy. Clearly the man named "Badguy" will turn out to be the bad guy of the film. The fact that it's so obvious is what's funny, too. The big problem for the Muppets happens when the most evil criminal in the world, Constantine the frog, swaps places with Kermit. Constantine and Dominic have plans to steal the crown jewels and they intend to frame the Muppets with the theft.

Constantine is so hilarious because of his accent. He sounds nothing like Kermit! Yet he somehow fools the majority of the Muppets cast. Another great song was the one where Constantine sings to Miss Piggy that he can give her anything she wants. That is the key to how he is able to handle the other Muppets. He lets them do whatever they want, which is different to how Kermit acts. Kermit likes a schedule, rehearsals, etc. And Kermit doesn't say, "Hi-lo" which is Constantine's impersonation of him. Heheh.

Now, I like Tina Fey but I didn't care for her much in this movie. I thought the song she sang was a little too slow-paced compared to the other numbers. Ricky Gervais was okay. I don't find him terribly funny but he had his moments. Ty Burrell was great. He had a lot of great jokes that were about European stereotypes. There were a lot of cameos. The stars came out the woodwork it seemed. There was Hit-Girl from Kick-Ass, the pirates from Pirates of the Caribbean, Lady Gaga, Usher, Puff Daddy, the guy from Downton Abbey... Yes, I am terrible with names... Salma Hayek, Christoph Waltz, Celine Dion, James McAvoy, Ray Liotta, I didn't even recognize Tom Hiddleston, and there were a lot more cameos on top of that.

Oh, and I must mention the future dream Miss Piggy has of her and Kermit and their children. I loved that so much! They have a pink frog and a green pig. It's just too cute.

My mixed feelings for this film just come because not all of the jokes were funny, some were a little too on the nose. I didn't care for some of the songs, and I didn't think much of some of the cameos. Hey, look. There's your usher: Usher.

The overall plot was good fun and the song the film ended with was good, too. It's another charming and funny Muppets film.

There was a short film attached to the main feature, which was about the Monsters, Inc. prequel, Monsters University. It was cute, but not my cup of tea which is why I saw Monsters, Inc. but never saw Monsters University.

-O.Pelaez

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