Last night for our date night, my husband and I went to Chick-fil-A for dinner and then saw Muppets Most Wanted in theaters.
I had heard a few people didn’t like the movie, but that didn’t dampen my excitement to see it for myself.
I’ve loved the Muppets since I was a kid, and I’ve pretty much grown up watching classic favorites like The Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island. Swedish Chef and Beaker were always my favorite Muppets, though I loved watching all of them whenever I got the chance.
Additionally, The Muppets came out in 2011, and my husband and I listened to its soundtrack throughout our drive to Disneyland for our honeymoon. The newer movie won its way into our hearts, and the music became our theme song.
So, when I heard the sequel was coming out, I wanted to see if it held true to the spirit of the other Muppet films.
A Brief Look at the Story
Don’t worry – I won’t spoil it for you!
For those of you who aren’t in touch with the media and have no idea what Muppets Most Wanted is about, then here’s a quick run through. I won’t go too much in depth because I want all the gags and jokes to be new for you when you watch it yourself.
Muppets Most Wanted is a direct followup to The Muppet Movie. In fact, the camera starts where the other one ends, as if the first one never ended. Essentially, Hollywood wanted a sequel, and so the Muppets gave them a sequel.
To build up their fame and get the gang back to tip-top shape, the Muppets go on world-tour with their new tour manager Dominic Badguy, played by Ricky Gervais. They cover some of the greatest theaters in Europe, including ones in Berlin, Madrid, and London.
But while overseas, they get in some mix-ups with Constantine, the world’s number one criminal who happens to look just like Kermit. Mayhem and music ensues, leaving the Muppets in hilarious circumstances.
As with The Muppet Movie, there are so many cameos in the movie that it’s almost impossible to catch them all. While you get more obvious cameos, like Josh Groban, who steal everyone’s attention whenever they come on screen, you also get more vague flash appearances that you wouldn’t notice them unless you paused the movie. I look forward to the Blu-Ray’s release so I can see who I missed.
I went into the movie expecting to enjoy yet another Muppet film, and I wasn’t disappointed.
True, a sequel is rarely (if ever) as good as the original, so I wasn’t expecting to have my mind blown. I know some people who saw the movie didn’t like it because it didn’t surpass The Muppets.
But to look at it frankly, this is the 8th Muppet movie in the last 30 years (I think . . . but I may have miscounted). To expect each movie to be better than the last is ridiculous. They would have had to stop after the first one and never make another movie again by that logic. Additionally, the movie starts by acknowledging that sequels are never as good as the originals – right up front they tell you that, so any expectations about that should have gone right out the window.
That said, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The movie had the same timeless Muppet charm, a wide cast of lovable characters and cameos, and a round-the-world adventure that gives the Muppets a chance to shine in a new setting. It had a fun mix of past Muppet movies, so it felt a bit like a combination of the The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan, and The Muppets. I found the music incredibly catchy, and some parts of the movie were laugh-out-loud funny.
If you want good, clean fun for the whole family, then this movie is a fantastic pick. While children will undoubtedly enjoy Muppets Most Wanted (it is a Muppet movie, after all), there’s plenty of good humor throughout the movie to make it fun for adults, too.
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