Thursday, 15 May 2014

Muppets Most Wanted

Muppets Most Wanted is the sequel to the 2011 Muppets movie, starring Kermit, Miss Piggy, Walter, Fozzy Bear and a lot of other Muppets. On the human side, there are a whole bunch of cameos, but the three biggest roles go to Ricky Gervais as the right hand to the evil frog Constantine, Tina Fey as a Gulag guard and Ty Burrell as an Interpol agent.

I have never seen any of the old Muppets movies, it's just not something I grew up with. When the reboot came around in 2011 it was mostly the clever marketing and a lot of positive buzz that made me want to see it. It turned out to be a great movie, there was a lot of heart to it and a hilarious amount of jokes, cameos and catchy songs. Therefore, I was really excited to see the sequel. So how does it hold up?

In a stroke of genius, this movie starts with a musical number that's mocking itself for being a sequel, so this would have to be really despicable in order for me to hate it. Luckily, it isn't. Just as the song states, it's not quite as good as the previous movie. However, it made me laugh and was at least on par with the insanity. There are reasons why it doesn't quite hit the same level as "The Muppets", but in this case that's just some nitpicking and my personal opinion.

The first movie to me always felt like a celebration of showmanship, giving the Muppets their comeback and the world the third greatest gift of all. Therefore, in the Muppets world, it has a degree of relevance that this movie does not achieve. It feels that there is less of a point to this story, even though there is more story here.

The humour is still great in this movie, especially the scenes between Sam the Eagle and Ty Burrell cracked me up everytime. Musically, the songs are very nicely spread out over different genres and pretty good across the board, although I gotta say, none of them got stuck in my head like "Man or Muppet" or "Life's a Happy Song". The Cameos actually improved a lot I think, I guess after the success they had, it gave the filmmakers a little bit more traction in Hollywood circles again.

One gripe I had is that in the beginning the movie seems to resort to a lot of CGI or greenscreen to do some of Constantines action scenes, which was really cool on the one hand but felt a little out of place on the other.

Overall, this is still an extremely funny movie, as you can see, most of the problems I had with it only stem from the comparison to the last movie, which is never really a fair comparison, especially in a movie that admirably doesn't tread the same path as its predecessor. It definitely gets my recommendation.

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