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Muppets Most Wanted Review: Or Moderately Requested
This is not the Muppet sequel that needed to be made:
Tina Fey is a singing Siberian Prison Guard.
Miss Piggy performs Celine Dion songs.
…Ricky Gervais is in a skin-tight Lemur Costume.
Add to this that the world’s greatest criminal mastermind is a Kermit the frog lookalike with a bad case of melanoma named Constantine, and you have the makings of a film that’s…interesting.
Without spoiling anything, here’s the plot:
The movie opens right after the events of the last film, which turns out to have been a gigantic movie within a movie. From there the Muppets realize they have to do a sequel to that movie, which is explained to have been the sixth sequel to their original motion picture, but hey who’s counting?
Meanwhile, somewhere in Siberia, Constantine has escaped from jail, and is planning on meeting with his co-conspirator, Dominic Badguy (played by Ricky Gervais).
Later on the Muppets are convinced by Mr. Badguy, to go on a world tour. Not realizing that their new friend is in cahoots with Constantine, who plans on switching places with Kermit in order to steal the crown jewels of England. Constantine succeeds in making the switch, and Kermit is subsequently thrown in jail. Leaving the Audience wondering just how Kermit is going to break out of prison, stop Constantine, and save the day.
I’d say that with the large ad campaign backing a movie that was supposedly made due to popular demand, one would imagine at least a fairly decent production involving some of pop culture’s most beloved characters, and you would be right.
It’s fairly decent.
The film throws fans plenty of characters to enjoy. Some of which were absent from the last film (ie: Rizzo the rat) and it’s certainly funnier than the last Muppets movie. With more jokes, and less soul searching, syrupy, in-between time. Though there still is some, there’s definitely less.
There were definitely more cameos, although I am uncertain if this was really necessary, I was happy to see that the featured stars weren’t just limited to Lady Gaga (who was on screen basically 30 seconds), but also featured people more likely to be recognized by older fans. Which gets me to my next point.
While the film is a terrific Muppet movie, maybe one of the best, it definitely lacks the character that films such as a “Muppet Christmas Carol” and “Muppet Treasure Island” had in spades. Sure we get to see characters we know and love in situations that test the very reasons we love them. However, I, as a viewer, fail to see the universal appeal of this movie as opposed to something like “Muppet Treasure Island.” A film where you can essentially find a reason to enjoy it regardless of how old you are.
Now this doesn’t mean it’s a bad film. I just fail to see how someone could pick up this movie, and find instant gratification if they had never known who the Muppets were in the first place.
I didn’t see the need to make a sequel only to essentially point out “Hey everybody! We’re making as sequel!…Isn’t that hilarious?”
I say, “‘Muppets Most Wanted’? More like ‘Moderately Requested.’”
I will admit that one part of this movie I was not prepared for (other than Ricky Gervais) was the catchiness of some of the songs. With, in my opinion, more careful writing going into these musical numbers than the rest of the film’s plot, dialogue, and character development.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the ending. Which felt a bit tedious, and at times made me wish that the writers had saved more jokes for the end other than Ricky Gervais dressed in a body hugging, greasy, Lemur costume. Then again if that’s your kind of humor and/or you have some need for Furry representation in mass media, then go ahead, watch it.
In conclusion: This movie didn’t need to be made, the best part is the soundtrack, Ricky Gervais is a Furry, and I’ll be in the corner melon balling my eyes out.