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Director : James Bobin
Year Of Release : 2014
Principal Cast : Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Kermit The Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Scooter, Gonzo, Sam the Eagle, Constantine, Walter, Rowlf, Rizzo The Rat, Janice, Animal, The Swedish Chef, et al.
Approx Running Time : 117 Minutes
Synopsis: The Muppets, now back together, go on a world tour organised by “manager” Dominic Badguy, while Kermit is sent to a Siberian gulag when he’s mistaken for arch criminal Constantine; meanwhile the real Constantine pretends to be Kermit the Frog, and goes about with Badguy trying to steal the Crown Jewels.
What we think : An hour and three quarters of meta-jokes, slapstick, songs, Hollywood cameos, and that unique brand of zany Muppet humor: what more do you need me to say? Although there’s a weird amount of time spent with the film’s key villains, the sense of fun and humor of 2011′s reboot remains as evident as always in this sequel. A lot of fun, and plenty of laughs.
Utterly entertational. Is that even a word?
If you ever wanted to see Danny Trejo singing a cabaret number (and if you haven’t, why not?), then have I found the film for you. Muppets Most Wanted, the sequel to 2011′s hugely successful soft reboot of the Muppet franchise, sees the story pick up directly following the saving of the Muppet Theater, only to go on a World Tour at the behest of ingratiating manager Dominic Badguy (it’s pronounced “Badgee”, apparently it’s French). As with most Muppet films (or, frankly, all of them), the story comes second to the opportunity to sneak a gag in, be it within context or – most importantly – utterly meta to the point of ridiculousness. Muppets Most Wanted delivers just that, and probably more, within its lengthy just-under-two-hour running time, as it skewers all manner of genres and subtle film references – the opening five minutes reference not only Oldboy but also Apocalypse Now, obscurely, while in-film references to The Great Escape and The Shawshank Redemption offer some nice laughs – to varying degrees of success. Naturally, the insanity of a Muppet film is aided by copious celebrity cameos, ranging from the excellent (one of Canada’s most successful female divas makes an appearance) to the really average (the aforementioned Danny Trejo has a momentary lapse in judgement by agreeing to sing in a film!), but the mantra of “anything for a laugh” has never been more pronounced than it is with Most Wanted.