Flash Movie Review: Muppets Most Wanted

The sting from the punch lingered on my arm. He had done it before but it hurt just as much this time. There was a difference though because I decided to get back at him. I had a knack for quietly cracking pumpkin seeds in my mouth and discreetly keeping the shells in my school desk until I could dispose of them. As the class prepared to go outside for recess I stayed behind, allowing myself just enough time to place some of the empty shells under his school desk. I took the rest of the shells with me, tossing them into a garbage can in the hallway before joining up with my class as it was exiting out the playground door. When we returned to class, it did not take long for the teacher to notice the empty shells below his desk. Sure he denied they were his when the teacher asked him. She questioned each of us who sat around him but their look of confused denial was matched by mine. The boy that hit me was forced to sweep up the entire floor while we continued on with our history lesson. As an adult I can look back and criticize my actions; but back then, I relished the revenge. At least I did not plan the identity switch for criminal reasons like the one that was done to poor Kermit in this comedy caper. While the Muppets were on an international tour the world’s most evil frog Constantine, a dead ringer for Kermit, switched identities with him. While Kermit was imprisoned in a Russian prison headed by Nadya, played by Tina Fey (Admission, 30 Rock-TV), Constantine used the Muppets as a cover for his audacious plot. Seeing the Muppets on the big screen again just brings a smile to one’s face. For the duration they have been around, multiple generations have some type of fond memory about the Muppets. This adventure film had its moments with sight gags, Muppets humor, songs and a cavalcade of celebrity cameo appearances. I enjoyed the performances from Tina Fey and Ty Burrell (The Incredible Hulk, Modern Family-TV) as Jean Pierre Napoleon. As for Ricky Gervais (The Invention of Lying, The Office-TV) as Constantine’s associate, I found him forgettable for the most part. Overall this film was okay but it was lacking the fun, I want to say oomph, I usually feel for the Muppets. The story was, dare I say, somewhat predictable. There was however a creative flair throughout the film and credits, even to the very end. With the Muppets under a new owner I hope this movie is not the start of a string of films based on marketing results instead of fun creativity.

 

2 1/2 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on March 25, 2014, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I wasn’t all that impressed either — though I must say I enjoyed Gervais (sorry!). I liked seeing him squirm as “Number Two” and the Lemur costume was cute.

    The opening “we’re going to make a sequel!” musical number was awkward to the point of being embarrassing. And yes – it was terribly predictable.

    Enjoyed the cameos by (SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS ) Hiddleston and Groban but many of the others were lost on me.

    Overall I agree with you – it seemed very bland – and that is bad news for the franchise. 😦

  2. I haven’t seen this one but I don’t really want to because the previous one was seriously lacking for me. And I love the muppets so much!!! 😦

  3. Never being a big fan of the Muppets, I thought your opening story was more entertaining than this movie could ever hope to be for me. When I was in elementary school, it was putting tacks in peoples’ seats. It was a common prank, usually played by friends. Sometimes it was my seat and sometimes it wasn’t. The most memorable at-tack was on an unsuspecting girl that was known for having a big mouth. I watched her move to her seat and waited for the response but all I thought it would be was a yell and quick standing up. I was so wrong. When she sat down, the whole school block knew it because she jumped up and began shouting obscenities at the top of her voice completely unbridled and fearless of the teacher that was in the room with us. Imagine if you will the comedic stylings of Eddie Murphy or Richard Pryor at the height of their stand up careers and mix in the ferocity of Samuel L. Jackson. Get that image in your head and you will have some inkling of her reaction; something that I will never forget.

    • Wow what a wild story about your school days and classmate. I cannot recall any student uttering a bad word when a teacher was around. What happened to her and did anyone get in trouble? Thank you for the kind words about the review, I appreciate it.

      • Believe it or not, I am just now getting some idea of how different my school days were from others that I have shared my memories with. To me, everything that happened was normal but to others, it seemed extreme on one level or another.

        I also need to make a correction to the above comment. I said it was in elementary school but thinking back, it was actually junior high.

        The girl of course got in trouble for her behavior and was sent to the principal’s office but I’m not sure if the person who put the tack in her seat was ever caught. I remember the teacher telling the class to quiet down after laughing and warning that another incident like that had better not happen in her class again. I’m not sure if it was the girl’s threats of finding out who done it or the teacher’s warning but that was pretty much the end of it. The only tacks I remember seeing after that day were stuck in the wall.

      • Ah, ok now it makes more sense to me. Thanks for the clarification and taking the time to tell me.

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