Reviewed by: Jennifer L. Hanley
|Featuring:||Ricky Gervais … Dominic Badguy
Tina Fey … Nadya
Zach Galifianakis … Hobo Joe
Salma Hayek … Herself
Toby Jones … Prado Museum Guard #2
Frank Langella … Beefeater Vicar
Ray Liotta … Big Papa
James McAvoy … UPS Guy
Chloë Grace Moretz … Newspaper Girl
Saoirse Ronan … Herself
Danny Trejo … Danny Trejo
Stanley Tucci … Ivan the Guard
Christoph Waltz … Christopher Waltz
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|Producer:||Walt Disney Pictures
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|Distributor:||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
“Taking the world by farce”
They are “together again”! “The Muppet’s Most Wanted” is the seventh sequel to the original, “The Muppet Movie.” The muppets continue right where they left off, they are all together and ready to perform!
They start with a meeting with their new co-manager, Dominic Bad Guy. He wants the muppets to start on a world tour immediately. While, Kermit, wants them to take some time to “hone new acts.”
Dominic truly is a bad guy and has a hidden agenda for the world tour that he shares with his boss, a well-known international criminal, Constantine. Constantine just so happens to be Kermit’s exact look alike except for a facial mole (that is easily hidden with green paint).
Constantine manages to get Kermit arrested and sent to a Siberian gulag (labor camp prison) while he pretends to be Kermit and takes over the tour.
The “World Tour” is just a cover up for the two partners in crime. Constantine and Dominic (Number Two) always plan the performance next to museums, galleries and banks where they can steal precious treasures, including “The Crown Jewels.”
During the tour, Kermit makes many humorous attempts to escape the gulag that is under the watchful warden Nadya (Tina Fey). While Constantine tries to lose his accent and fool the muppets into believing that he is really Kermit.
It was not as hard as some might expect for Constantine to fool Kermit’s friends (including Miss Piggy). He gave them what they wanted. He gave full creative freedom for them to do what they wanted in the show. The muppets could not see the impostor for what he was, because of their own selfish ambitions. They did not want the guidance or restrictions the true Kermit gave to make a successful show.
The Bible says in Proverbs 27:6, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of the enemy are deceitful.” They wanted the “kisses” of the enemy. As a result, the quality of their shows suffer and they do not recognize that Constantine is not Kermit, and he is just using them for his criminal purposes.
At the end of the movie, Fozzie Bear, Animal and Walter (the only muppets who don’t believe that Constantine is Kermit) save Kermit and bring him home. Constantine and Dominic are exposed for the impostors and crooks they really are and brought to justice. The muppets are grateful to have the real Kermit back and realize that having your own way is not as important as family. They are “together again.”
This movie has all the fun “bells and whistles” that all the muppet movies share. It has slap stick humor, musical numbers, and cameo appearances by famous entertainers. It just fell a little flat for me.
The first musical number in the movie was called “We're Doing a Sequel.” In this song, it mentions that a sequel is often not as good as the original. I agree with that sentiment. I felt this movie, while entertaining, was not up to par with the last one. There were not enough bad Fozzie bear jokes (waka, waka, waka), Miss Piggy and Kermie banter or goofy Gonzo incidents. I also felt that some of the movie plot and jokes might go over some of the younger children’s heads.
There are some things you need to be aware of in this movie. There is some violence. A prison explodes after prisoners break out, prison guards get beaten up, two muppets are slapped, a character is shot but not injured, a character is tasered, Animal bites Constantine, and prisoners are stuck against an icy wall.
A few kisses are exchanged between two muppets. There is one act in which the prisoners do a dance in long underwear.
The word “stupid” is used once. God is mentioned in a song’s lyrics, “God I need this job.” And “Poop'inbergen” is the name of a town.
Two times alcoholic beverages are shown. There is theft of art and jewels. There is a scene with a silent movie in it with the subtitle, “Existential conundrum of religious experience.”
Violence: Mild / Profanity: None / Sex/Nudity: Minor
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.