Maybe nothing is ever truly timeless, except bacon of course, but the Muppets come pretty close. The TV show ran from 1976 to 1981 and it was hilarious. They made 8 movies that by now have grossed over 400 million and none of them have gotten a bad review. Kids love them because you have puppets singing songs, jokes that they understand, and a story line that is easy to follow and doesn’t have to make too much sense. Adults love them because you have puppets singing, jokes that they get, and their kids love them. This is that rare movie that you can truly enjoy with your kids.
Muppets Most Wanted is a heist movie, spy movie, and prison escape movie rolled into one. The move starts off where the last Muppets movie ended. As they are taking down the sets of that movie they break into a song about making a sequel, then they segue into this movie.
Do not say you don’t like musicals until you see a Muppet movie. As the story begins Ricky Gervais plays villain Dominic Badguy, pronounced Badgee. He is the number two to Constantine, the world’s most dangerous frog who is a dead ringer for Kermit except for a mole on his face. Constantine escapes from a Gulag in Siberia ran by Nadya, played by Tina Fey. Kermit is frog napped, a mole glued to his face, and thrown into the Siberian Gulag. Constantine’s plan is to steal the Crown Jewels in London. On his trail is Jean Pierre Napoleon, an Inspector Clouseau like French policeman, played by Ty Burrell.
The jokes range from eye rolling corny to wickedly ironic, but they are always funny. The over the top musical numbers are awesome. Appearing in a Muppet movie has become a status symbol in Hollywood you haven’t made it until you’re in one. There are over 20 cameos in this one and here are just a few. Tony Bennett, Celine Dion, Danny Trejo, Chole Grace Moretz, Salma Hayek, Lady Gaga, Stanley Stuci, and Usher.
It’s an hour and 47 minutes, rated PG.
This will make you want to go back and watch some more Muppet movies. It’s the perfect movie to take kids to but I’m pretty sure you’ll see just as many without kids. I think this might be able to go on indefinitely.
My Score: A full 6 Pack.
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