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'Muppets Most Wanted' (review): Just for the fun of it

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Looking for something a little goofy, fun and bizarre, the latest Muppets movie, “Muppets Most Wanted” serves that a much more. The Muppets have been around since the late 50s and have been creating smiles for Disney ever since. Following the success of “The Muppets” in 2011, this is the movie sequel, or as stated in the movie 7th sequel if we are counting, for this franchise. Opening weekend it made debuted at number 2 and has so far raked in a little over $40 million worldwide.

For fans of the franchise, this is a fun addition and provides just what you might expect of a Muppets movie. It has the innocent humor and quirkiness mixed with just a bit of action and mayhem. James Bobin returns in both writing and directing roles for this movie and Nicholas Stoller returns for writing as well. This movie boost the same stellar star power as the previous 2011 movie with stars and cameos by Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Tony Bennett, Sean Combs, Céline Dion, Salma Hayek, Christoph Waltz and that is just to name a few.

Opening just as one would expect, a fun, funny musical number explaining that this would be a sequel. This number helps to identify several key elements and repeated comedic points that the scriptwriters used to poke fun at the franchise. This movie follows the story of the Muppets as they embark on a world tour, which is managed by Dominic Badguy (Gervais). The Muppets, cautioned by good ole leader Kermit, give themselves over to the excitement never suspecting that they are all just a part of a sinister plan constructed by Constantine (a Kermit lookalike), the world's most evil frog. Constantine plans to break out of prison and take the place of Kermit in order to become the greatest thief of all time.

This movie has something for both the children and the young at heart. The overall story has a mix of musical, comedy, action, adventure and most of all fun. Fey provides a rather show stealing performance as a prison guard, Nadya, who is Kermit obsessed and when Constantine switches places, Kermit doesn't stand a chance. The fellow strong cast members in the jail include Danny Trejo, Stanley Tucci, Ray Liotta, and a surprisingly beautifully voiced maximum-security prisoner, who you will have to see the movie to find out who it is. These jail scenes offer some of the best comedic moments in the movie. The story is a mix of cameos, musical numbers and comedy all the while moving the Constantine storyline forward. At times, the movie feels a bit of a mess as it mixes it all together and real audiences might mirror that of the Muppets audience members in the movie who fall asleep or lose interest.

A good rainy day, take the children to the movies and remember the good ole days of the Muppets type of movie that just might fall a little short of the predecessors. Muppets prove that they still have the ability to fill a theater with this movie, as second weeks standings surpass that of the 2011 movie. Although, one might wonder just how many more movies this franchise has left in its future. For now, audiences can continue to see “Muppets Most Wanted” in theaters.

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