Sorry for the length, but I didn't have time to write a short blog.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Muppets II the Seventh Sequel?

I know the question your dying to have answered is: Is Muppets: Most Wanted as good as The Muppets? The answer is "no" but it is fun, clever, and contains all the things we've come to love about the Muppets.  If you love the Muppets and their shtick then Muppets: Most Wanted is worth the time. Kids will like it, and there are enough gags for grown-ups too.  I found myself laughing out loud with the rest of the theater audience more than one.

Let's face it.  If you grew up when I did, you love the Muppets.  Like most Muppet movies, there are songs, surprise guests spots, a bad guy, visual gags galore, and an extremely loose plot.

The plot is that Kermit is replaced by the evil Constantine, the world's most dangerous frog.  Kermit ends up in a Russian gulag being run by Nadya played by Tina Fey. Meanwhile, the rest of the gang are easily fooled by the bad impression of Kermit  by Constantine and taken on a world tour lead by Constantine's secret "Number 2" Dominic Badguy played by Ricky Gervais.

There is a great song and dance number from Gervais and another fun one from Tina Fey.  Even Ty Burrell, who plays Interpol Inspector Jean Pierre Napoleon, gets a song, although I must admit, the whole Sam the Eagle and Jean Pierre riff on Inspector Clouseau was a fairly weak running gag.

The movie hearkens back to the Muppets' original roots with the first movie being getting the group together as was  the case in 1979's The Muppet Movie and then a world tour and stopping a jewel heist as was done in the next movie, 1981's The Great Muppet Caper.  The Muppets still have it.  Now if we can just convince Disney to release the rest of The Muppet Show onto DVD.