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It's a Muppet Sequel!,
This review is from: Muppets Most Wanted (DVD)
MUPPETS MOST WANTED begins immediately where THE MUPPETS ends. As Kermit and the gang are preparing to pack up and go home, they notice a camera that’s still filming and realize that must mean there’s going to be a sequel. Thus begins the first of several original songs, “We’re Doing a Sequel.” In the first stanza of the song Kermit sings, “We’re doing a sequel/That’s what we do in Hollywood/And everybody knows/The sequel’s never quite as good.” Although the MUPPETS MOST WANTED has a lot of great gags, witty one liners, a pretty decent plot, and is filled with original musical numbers, the film doesn’t quite reach the same level as THE MUPPETS. That doesn’t mean that MUPPETS MOST WANTED is a bad movie because it isn’t. It’s just that other than a couple of scenes, the film lacks the heart and magic that made THE MUPPETS such a great comeback movie.
In MUPPETS MOST WANTED, the Muppets meet with a manager to the stars, Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) who convinces them they should go on an international tour to strike while the iron is hot. Unbeknownst to the Muppets, Dominic is the second-in-command to the number one criminal in the world, Constantine. Constantine is a frog who, other than a mole on his face, looks identical to Kermit. Constantine has also escaped from an international gulag in Siberia, Russia and the Muppets World Tour is all part of his plan to pull of the biggest jewel heist in history.
Like THE MUPPETS, MUPPETS MOST WANTED is full of references to past Muppets appearances. For instance, the opening number “We’re Doing a Sequel” has a closing aquatic bit that harkens back to Miss Piggy’s entrance in THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER and the plot of THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER also revolved around an international jewel thief. There are several references like this throughout the film.
There are some good songs in MUPPETS MOST WANTED. Bret McKenzie has written several original songs for the movie and the musical score is by Christophe Beck, he of now FROZEN fame. Personally, the new songs I liked most are “We’re Doing a Sequel”, “Interrogation Song”, and “Something So Right”. I also really liked the Muppet versions of the songs “Working in the Coal Mine” and “Moves Like Jagger”.
Like all Muppet movies, MUPPETS MOST WANTED is filled with guest stars. Some are quite minor in this film, but they are there. First Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell all have lead roles. In addition, Tony Bennett, Hugh Bonneville, Jemaine Clement, Sean Combs, Lady Gaga, Celine Deion, Josh Groban, Salma Hayek, Toby Jones, Frank Langella, Ray Liotta, James McAvoy, Chloe Grace Moretz, Usher, Miranda Richardson, Saoirse Ronan, Danny Trejo, Stanley Tucci, and Chrisoph Waltz all have cameos of varying degrees. Also, Zach Galifianakis reprises his role as Hobo Joe from the first movie (just for one brief scene) and Tom Hiddleston (Loki from THOR and THE AVENGERS) has a very small cameo as The Great Escapo; he is completely unrecognizable as himself.
MUPPETS MOST WANTED lacks some of the heart and nostalgia of THE MUPPETS. However, it does have a lot of great gags, witty one liners, a pretty decent plot, and is filled with original musical numbers. Besides that, it is a Muppet movie and a Muppet movie isn’t quite like any other type of movie around.
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Posted on Aug 26, 2014 6:45:32 PM PDT
I would like amazon instant video.
Posted on Sep 14, 2014 2:59:13 PM PDT
i like that.
Posted on Sep 26, 2014 12:44:09 PM PDT
I love it.
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