Muppets Most Wanted
Opens: Friday, March 21 (Disney)
Cast: Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, Peter Linz
Director: James Bobin
Synopsis: The Muppet crew returns to the big screen as they embark on a global tour of some of Europe’s greatest cities, including Berlin, Madrid, and London. However, the gang doesn’t know that they’ve unintentionally become entangled in a plot conceived by Constantine — Kermit’s doppelganger and a criminal mastermind — to impersonate Kermit and become the greatest thief in the world.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to take my family to see an early screening of Disney’s, Muppets Most Wanted. This new movie continues the adventures of the Muppets from 2011’s hit, The Muppets movie. Funny enough the movie starts with the gang performing a song and dance titled,”We’re Doing a Sequel.” Its a play on the fact that Disney and many other companies often create sequels to their first hit movies.
While I never saw the first Muppets movie, I have many fond memories of the Muppet cartoons from my childhood. I was excited to see the new movie and introduce my children to a band of characters who they have never really heard of. The Muppets Most Wanted had its share of laughable moments (gags) an interesting story line (this coming from someone who is not a hue movie buff) with many energetic songs throughout the movie. The movie takes on an interesting note due to the coincidence of the recent Russian news and the movie bag guys being Russian. The Muppets Most Wanted has a great cast with some quick cameos by Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Sean Combs,Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis)
My husband and I enjoyed the movie and my children did too but it was a little scary for them too. My 6 1/2 year old kind of got the story (we had to explain things through the movie) but my 4 1/2 year old did not really follow as well, he just enjoyed it for what he saw. I would definitely recommend the Muppets Most Wanted for adults who are looking for an adventurous movie that takes you back to your younger days. As for the kids, I think it is more for older children due to the “scary” (not nightmarish scary) parts and the hard to follow story.