MRR Review: "Muppets Most Wanted"

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Rating: PG
Length: 112 minutes
Release Date: March 21, 2014
Directed by: James Bobin
Genre: Adventure / Comedy / Crime

In "Muppets Most Wanted," the beloved cast of puppets returns to the big screen, this time caught up in a jewelry heist that takes place on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. An all star cast joins them for the mayhem. A full soundtrack provides musical accompaniment throughout the film. Perfect for audiences of all ages, it is certain to bring laughter to all who are fortunate enough to see it.

In this fun family film, Kermit the Frog and the rest of the Muppets head to Europe for a world class tour that includes shows in Madrid, Berlin and London. After their arrival, they discover that there is a high class jewelry thief who is a dead ringer for Kermit. The international criminal, Constantine, has a sidekick named Dominic "Number Two" Bad guy, played by the talented Ricky Gervais. What ensues is a comedic chase as Kermit and his friends try to clear his name from the crimes committed by Constantine and Dominic.

Along the way, they encounter some of the most talented comedians and actors around. Tina Fey plays a prison guard who tries to stay on top of every situation, but her efforts often fail. She works for the Russian GULAG and is a huge fan of Kermit; however, she is not the only character intent on solving this crime spree. Ty Burrell plays Jean Pierre Napolean, a French INTERPOL agent with the assignment of putting an end to the jewel thefts, who works with beloved Muppet character Sam the Eagle to attempt to solve the crime. Sam is working for the CIA and is intent on finding Constantine and Dominic.

The cast of Muppets bring their own unique characters out throughout the film, including all the fuzzy, lovable characters that audiences of all ages have come to enjoy. For instance, Gonzo has decided that an indoor running of the bulls is the perfect feat for him to perform on their European tour. Needless to say, the experience is painful for the beaked Muppet. Additionally, Animal still seeks to have his own drumming solo while on this tour and he helps by sensing when things go awry, and Fozzie the Bear is pleased to be the only bear with his own standup comedy routine touring Europe. Fortunately for the gang, they also have the calm influences of Walter, a former fan who has become a member of the group. His reasoning helps them through the dilemma of catching Constantine.

Kermit the Frog is his usual lovable self, pleased at the group's success. That is until he is mistaken for an international crime figure. Always ready to support her frog, Miss Piggy believes that a trip to Europe is the perfect opportunity for romance. She is well prepared with the latest fashions and makeup. However, when things start to go wrong, she is ready to forgo her romantic interests to clear his name. Once that happens, she wishes to resume her romantic pursuits though Kermit remains uninterested.

One of the exciting aspects of this film is the great selection of musical artists who make cameo appearances and perform some of the songs that make up the soundtrack, as is a hallmark of Muppet movies. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett join the Muppets for a fun song titled, "We Are Doing a Sequel." There are also many other great songs performed by the cast, including a hilarious version of "Moves Like Jagger" performed by Scooter and the Penguins, which are sure to entertain, even for viewers who are not familiar with the original songs themselves.

Most of the characters from the original series are featured in the film, bringing back great memories for fans of the show. Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Rowlf the dog are there, as are the incommunicable Beaker and Rizzo the Rat. Janice and the Swedish Chef are two more characters making guest appearances that are sure to please audiences of all ages.

"Muppets Most Wanted" is a fabulous addition to the Muppet franchise. For fans, it is great to see them return to the big screen. People unfamiliar with the group are certain to appreciate the comedy and become fans themselves. The hilarious cast of characters makes this film one of the best Muppet movies to date. It has an appealing humor that is certain to  be appreciated by viewers of all ages. The comedy includes great one-liners and physical mishaps that keep the action fresh throughout the film. It is well worth watching time and again.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5