Muppets Most Wanted (2014): Taking the World By Farce

Posted: March 28, 2014 in Adventure, Comedy, Crime
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Muppets-Most-Wanted-poster-UKFresh off of the comeback of their group, the Muppets find themselves trying to figure out what their next step should be. Taking a meeting with Dominic Badguy, they are sold on trying to take their act global. With a European tour on the horizon, Kermit is a little hesitant, especially now with pressure from Ms. Piggy about getting married. Meanwhile, Dominic is actually the right hand man of master criminal, Constantine, who is looking to use the Muppets as cover for his escape. Switching places with Kermit and getting him locked up in the Russian prison, the Gulag, Constantine begins his transformation into the lovable green frog with the rest of the Muppets none the wiser. The longer Kermit is away from the Muppets, the more chaotic their show becomes and the more Walter and Animal realize something is wrong. Will Kermit ever get free of the Gulag to save the Muppets?

Starring: Ricky Gervais (Dominic Badguy), Ty Burrell (Jean Pierre Napoleon), Tina Fey (Nadya), Steve Whitmire (Kermit, Foo Foo, Statler, Beaker, Lips, Rizzo, Link Hogthrob, Newsman), Eric Jacobson (Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Sam Eagle, Animal), Dave Goelz (Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Zoot, Beauregard, Waldorf), Bill Barretta (Pepe, Rowlf, Dr. Teeth, Swedish Chef, Bobo, Big Mean Carl), David Rudman (Scooter, Janice, Miss Poogy, Wayne, Bobby Benson), Matt Vogel (Constantine, Floyd Pepper, Sweetums, Pops, Robin, Lew Zealand, Crazy Harry, 80s Robot, Camilla, Uncle Deadly), Peter Linz (Walter)

Guests: Tony Bennett, Sean Combs, Rob Corddry, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Zach Galifianakis, Josh Groban, Salma Hayek, Tom Hiddleston, Toby Jones, Frank Langella, Ray Liotta, James McAvoy, Chloe Grace Moretz, Usher Raymond, Danny Trejo, Stanley Tucci, Christoph Waltz

The guests in this film are many. Most only play small, quick parts, but the joke of Usher playing an usher at the wedding was one of the better ones. As for he main cast, the voice acting was solid. The one strange element was that no one could seem to tell that Constantine’s voice sounded nothing like Kermit’s, which was difficult to believe when they had exchanged places. Gervais, Burrell, and Fey all provided solid performances to help portray this story.

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Returning for the sequel, it was clear that James Bobin wanted to use the idea as part of the joke. Oddly enough, this was not actually the second Muppet movie. There was a whole series that has existed since 1979. Starting the film where the last one left off, they immediately had to search for their next adventure. Getting misled by Dominic, the Muppets get led across Europe to track down the necessary components to steal the Crown Jewels in London. With Kermit out of the picture, Constantine and Dominic manipulated the Muppets all the way to London and nearly through the wedding with Miss Piggy. With little suspicion over Constantine’s odd behavior as he imitated Kermit, he was able to nearly get away with his plan.

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On the other side of the coin, Kermit was set up to take Constantine’s place in the Gulag. Not until he spent a little time there did he learn that his warden, Nadya, had a little obsession over him. While he was treated like most of the other prisoners, there was a leniency she provided him. With the Gulag’s annual review coming up, she employed him to prepare the inmates. Unable to say no, Kermit agreed to everything Nadya requested. Even when Animal, Fozzie, and Walter helped him escape, he still felt a need to give Nadya and her guards the performance he promised them. This part of the story felt a little weaker as it built Kermit up to his lead status but felt restrained with its depth of his predicament.

The film employed a lot of the same old jokes and gags, particularly the ones that were highlighted in the trailer. It had a number of fun guest stars and moments, but it failed to live up to its predecessor.

Dan’s Rating: 3.0/5

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