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Muppets Most Wanted (movie review)

At this point, it’s not news that Muppets Most Wanted is a gigantic disappointment, yet I was still shocked by the depths of its awfulness when we finally saw it this past weekend.

Muppets Most Wanted is, in many ways, a blend of Muppets Take Manhattan and the Great Muppet Caper. If you like both of those movies, that description might sound great, but in truth, the movie is boring and all the more so if you’ve seen those two previous films. Add in all the fun that comes along with Kermit spending the majority of the film locked up in a Russian Gulag (that’s not a joke, by the way) and pointless, hard to identify celebrity cameos (“Was that Hit Girl? Wait, come back!”) and you’re set for the least interesting Muppets movie ever.

(I presume – I haven’t seen Muppet Treasure Island, Muppet Wizard of Oz, or A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa – but yes, I did enjoy Muppets from Space more than this flick.)

There’s so much going wrong in Muppets Most Wanted that it boggles the mind. Somehow, the movie acknowledges the previous Muppets features and television shows while blatantly disregarding the central plot points of those flicks. But once one puts aside the Muppets chronology problems, the movie has a more fundamental problem of a scattered focus and lack of a strong protagonist.

Also, the movie is a comedy and it’s not funny.

There’s this badge gag you’ll see in the trailer – I don’t get it. As I’ve grown fond of saying of late, it’s a metaphor for everything that’s wrong with the movie.

Oh, and there’s this weird running gag that French INTERPOL agents like to relax and take lots of vacation and don’t like to put in overtime… I don’t have any idea why someone thought this was both an appropriate gag for a Muppets movie or funny. Because it’s neither.

And then there are the songs.

Let’s not sugar coat it – the songs suck. And, I think what happened was that they wrote the screenplay, realized the movie wasn’t long enough, and so they then wrote the songs to pad out the running time. The songs pop into the film out of no where, come fast and furious, and then disappear just as mysteriously as they burst upon the flick. Then, one last song finally shows up at the end, but you’ll be too distracted by the terrible green screen to listen.

And speaking of green screen, the effects in this movie are terrible. $50 million should really buy you a better looking picture… but then, I guess Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey don’t work for free.

Since I brought up the cast, I do want to quickly address this issue. I was excited at the prospect at a Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey Muppet movie, but it just doesn’t work, and it’s not their fault – hell, Tom Hiddleston couldn’t class up the joint! Yeah, I know he doesn’t have a big part, but I feel like a movie improves any time he shows up, but it didn’t work here. The script is just beyond help.

Also, while you’re watching the movie… is it just me, or do you think everyone is going to start banging each other at any moment? I couldn’t’ escape that thought in most scenes.

So yeah, I didn’t like the movie.

Muppets Most Wanted takes all the good will that was engendered by The Muppets and flushes it down the toilet. There’s not a single memorable joke, image or song in the entire movie despite the presence of many funny, talented people, and it’s a damn shame. I’m giving Muppets Most Wanted a 4 out of 10 and then I’ll do my best to move on with my life.

Maybe this’ll cheer me up…

Yep, that did it! If you haven’t seen Muppets Most Wanted yet, just re watch The Muppets instead – you’ll be much happier.

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About Jamie Insalaco

Jamie Insalaco is the author of CreativeJamie.com, BomberBanter.com and editor in chief of ComicBookClog.com

Posted on August 27, 2014, in movie review and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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