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Film Review: Muppets Most Wanted

Theatrical Poster for Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

Muppets Most Wanted (movie)


It's time to play the music. It's time to light the lights. It's time to meet....the world's most dangerous frog, Constantine. Muppets Most Wanted, the sequel to 2011's The Muppets, picks up immediately where the last film left off sans Gary and Mary. Walter and the gang decide to go on a world tour and, as always, shenanigans ensue. Muppets Most Wanted is yet another adorable story filled with wonderful music, delightful guest stars, and heartwarming lessons from the Muppets.

One of the greatest things about the newest Muppet films is the awesome musical numbers, written by Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie. Within minutes of the film beginning you are drawn in by the opening number, making you instantly fall in love with the Muppets all over again. This film includes absolutely wonderful songs that get stuck in your head regardless of your age. These accompany a simple yet intriguing plot. Kermit gets sent to a gulag in Russia after a villainous frog named Constantine convinces everyone that he is everyone's favorite frog when he hides his mole. Kermit must escape the gulag and convince his friends and a passionate pig that he is the true leader of their gang.

Older audience members will delight in all of the cameos in the film, although there are some geared specifically towards children watching the film like Disney actor Ross Lynch from "Austin and Ally". Adults will be more excited about the appearance of Christoph Waltz, Salma Hayek, and Ray Liotta, among others. Of course, leads Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, and Ty Burrell all do excellent jobs in their respective roles. Even if you have never seen anything Fey has done, listen to her sing "The Big House" to Kermit and you will instantly be a fan.

With a cute plot and great music, Muppets Most Wanted lives up to all the hype. With surprise appearances from famed celebrities and clever jokes, the film really has something for everyone.