Muppets Most Wanted– Movie Review
With Muppets Most Wanted, the Muppets return to their roots. Their latest is classic vaudevillian fun executed amazingly well, with pure schtick coming at every moment. The broad humor, and even some sophisticated references, are sure to keep viewers of all ages entertained.
MMW picks up literally as the previous Muppets film, 2011′s The Muppets, ends. The gang decides to continue their adventures on a European tour. But they are unwittingly manipulated by their new manager, Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervias), who is secretly the number 2 to Constantine, “the world’s most dangerous frog” and an uncanny doppelganger for Kermit. Constantine breaks out of prison and frames Kermit, who is hauled away, as assumes Kermit’s identity with the gang. Constantine and Badguy plan a huge heist, with the show as cover, while Kermit wonders why no one is coming to rescue him.
The Muppets reinvigorated the Muppet name, and brought the gang into the 21st century. But it also rested heavily on the performances of two human leads, Amy Adams and Jason Segel, and on a rather heartfelt coming-of-age story. MMW discards both of those, and instead relies on good old fashioned American comedy: making fun of Europe (German fecal-sounding names, French work ethic), site gags involving twins and mirrors, and people getting hit in the face.
Bret Mackenzie of Flight of the Conchords returned to compose the film’s songs. There’s no standout hit like The Muppets‘ Oscar-winning “Man or Muppet,” but Mackenzie’s genre parody game is as sharp as ever with tunes like the disco hit “I’ll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu)” or the delightfully juxtaposed doo-wop number “The Big House,” where Fey coos alluringly about life in a Siberian gulag. (With Danny Trejo as a backup dancer!) You won’t walk out of the theater humming “The Interrogation Song,” but its patter is incredibly clever and entertaining.
Kids might have trouble following the heist caper plot- and they definitely won’t get the Ingmar Bergman joke in the first scene. Overall, Muppets Most Wanted might not be a conceptually ambitious family film like many seen today, but it is incredibly well done and funny.
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