Muppets Most Wanted

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Some people have tried to dismiss Muppets Most Wanted as a rip-off of The Great Muppet Caper. It is most certainly not, but it did leave me slightly confused about a plot point in The Muppets Take Manhattan

This isn’t a heist movie. Sure, a heist is a major part of the plot of the film, but it’s a Doppelgänger movie. Kermit the Frog is replaced by Constantine – World’s Most Dangerous Frog and #1 Criminal and no one but Animal notices. The Muppets world tour dates are based on the places Constantine and Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) want to rob, but then in a parallel story we have Kermit stuck in a Siberian prison.

The music is GREAT. Bret McKenzie really killed it this time. Not that the songs in The Muppets weren’t good, but I didn’t see that film and want to immediately listen to any of those songs again.  I’ve listened to “I’ll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu)” a bunch of times since seeing Muppets Most Wanted. 

Maybe you should too.

Ty Burrell steals the scenes he’s in as the French Interpol agent. I would probably watch a television series of him and Sam the Eagle attempting to solve crimes. We only see them in small snippets though because unlike The Muppets this film is actually focusing on the Muppets. I know that that film had to happen so that this one could be made, and after all this time this is the Muppets movie I really wanted. One that touches on what has made the Muppets so lasting, the Muppets themselves. Even Brian Henson likes this one better.

Then I watched The Great Muppet Caper again to see if it was really all that similar. While there are scenes in both films depicting a final ‘grand’ jewel heist, Muppets Most Wanted has the villains acquiring pieces of the puzzle before their grand heist. The villains in The Great Muppet Caper were just basic snatch and grab thieves that decided it was time to step their game up. If anything Muppets Most Wanted has more in common with something like National Treasure in that regard, and they’re spoofing it, obviously. And, Ricky Gervais is more likable than Charles Grodin, even with a last name like ‘Badguy’.

If you like the Muppets you’ll enjoy Muppets Most Wanted. If as a fan you liked, but didn’t love The Muppets this is a return to form. It’s out on DVD/Blu-Ray now with a lot of great extras, so go buy it already.

Didn’t Kermit marry Ms. Piggy during The Muppets Take Manhattan? Or was that just part of the show?

I love Tina Fey. I didn’t want to leave her out of this. She was great in the movie.

Tina Fey

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