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‘Muppets Most Wanted’: The gang goes on a wacky European tour

By Wang DexianMovies - 24 April 2014 12:00 AM | Updated 3:05 PM

‘Muppets Most Wanted’: The gang goes on a wacky European tour

Muppets Most Wanted

Our Rating

4/5 Stars

Kermit and company, backed by Jason Segel and Amy Adams, made a triumphant comeback in 2012 to the big screen with a joyful and nostalgic take on Jim Henson’s beloved characters.

The movie did quite well, which means... sequel time!

Of course, that is something that the Muppets themselves are keen to lampoon. The movie picks up right where the last one left off, with the merry gang celebrating their reunion on Hollywood Boulevard. 

It is revealed that the events of the last movie were, duh, a movie that they were filming. They then proceed to make fun of Hollywood and its penchant for sequels with a song-and-dance routine, ‘We're Doing a Sequel’. 

By now, viewers should be familiar with the Muppet formula – an extreme commitment to the “so bad it's good” theme, pun-filled absurdist humour, campy plot lines, plenty of celebrity cameos, and off-the-cuff song-and-dance routines. 

Much of the crew behind the 2012 movie are back. They include director James Bobin, writer Nicholas Stoller and songwriter Bret McKenzie (whose ‘Man Or Muppet’ won an Oscar for Best Original Song). That is clearly a good thing because they completely understand what makes the Muppets work.

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And it shows, too. The plot for this movie sounds like it is a re-used Muppet movie plot, but it isn't.

The Muppets go on a world tour, organised by their pseudo-French manager Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais), who happens to be in cahoots with Constantine, the most dangerous frog criminal in the world, and a Kermit doppelganger with a mole and a Russian accent.

Dominic and Constantine pull off the ol' switcheroo and use the Muppets as a front for their massive heist plans. It is the kind of loopy, zany storyline for which Muppet motion pictures are known.

And while the previous film dealt with some surprisingly heavy themes and emotions, this sequel is more of a straightforward affair that is also a 1960s B-movie tribute. It also makes good fun of European archetypes.

McKenzie's songs are spot-on, with the opening number and a mid-movie number ‘I'll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu)’ being the obvious standouts.

As for the cameos, we’ll leave you to be surprised.

While the feel-good nostalgia may have waned a little, the film is filled to the brim with laughter and great songs, testament to the Muppets' everlasting appeal, showing how Jim Henson's creations can continue thriving even in an entertainment world dominated by CGI.

‘The Muppets Most Wanted’ opens in cinemas 24 April 2014

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Muppets Most Wanted
  • Muppets Most Wanted

    (2014)
  • Rated
    PG /
    Genre
    Adventure, Comedy, Musical
  • Language
    Eng
  • (2 Reviews)