Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Muppets Most Wanted
Opens March 21, 2014 
1 hr 46 min
PG | Some Mild Action


Director: James Bobin

Ricky Gervais as Dominic Badguy
Ty Burrell as Jean Pierre Napoleon
Tina Fey as Nadya

List of Muppets:
Steve Whitmire as Kermit the Frog, Rizzo the Rat, Beaker, Statler, Lips, Link Hogthrob, The Newsman
Eric Jacobson as Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam the Eagle
Dave Goelz as Gonzo the Great, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Waldorf, Zoot, Beauregard
Bill Barretta as Rowlf the Dog, Dr. Teeth, Pepe the King Prawn, The Swedish Chef, Bobo the Bear, Big Mean Carl, Baby Boss, Carlo Flamingo, Leprechaun Security Guard
David Rudman as Scooter, Janice, Bobby Benson, Wayne, Miss Poogy
Matt Vogel as Floyd Pepper, Robin the Frog, Camilla the Chicken, Crazy Harry, Lew Zealand, Sweetums, '80s Robot, Pops, Uncle Deadly, Constantine the Frog
Peter Linz as Walter, Manolo Flamingo

Louise Gold as Annie Sue

Review by Stephen M.

Beginning with the opening song from the sequel about their sequel, it's quite fitting that the Muppets would remark themselves that sequels are usually not as good as the original.  Muppets Most Wanted lacks the ingenuity of the first film with less laughs and songs that would make most Muppets cry.  Perhaps my expectations were too high given how I grew up with Kermit and his friends and liked the last film.

The switching of places between two lookalikes have been done to death many times.  This time around we have Kermit and the evil Constantine mirroring each other aside from a mole on Constantine.  With Kermit thrown into a gulag prison in Siberia mistaken for Constantine, Constantine as Kermit leads the merry band on a world tour with their tour manager Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) who is in cahoots with Constantine.

All the familiar characters are in the sequel including newbie Walter.  And as Rizzo the Rat likes to point out, long time favorites such as himself missing from the first film are in this sequel as well.  Cameos of stars are quite abundant in this film, from Diddy and Gaga to Tony Bennett.  None is funnier than seeing a line dancing Danny Trejo in prison doing a show number.  My favorite song of the film?  The duet between Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty  Burrell) and Sam the Eagle when interrogating the Muppets.

Overall, the film was a bit of a letdown for me.  Kids will still love the film, but old hardcore Muppets fan like myself might not.  It's not so much that the film was horrendous but rather not quite as good as the first film.  Like the Muppets themselves without anyone controlling them, the film was a bit stiff against lively performances by Tina, Ricky and Ty.  But even the three stars in my opinion was not quite as hilarious as Jack in the first film.


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