“It’s time to light the lights”- Constantine
This is review two from my double feature, I have not been able to produce these blogs at the rate at which I would like to produce them, and quite frankly, the last one was not up to the standard you should have by now come to expect from me, nor myself. I feel that there is a lot of potential for this blog to evolve into something more, something that people seek out in the midst of a veritable “Wild West” that is the internet. Of course I don’t dish gossip about the Kardasians, nor do write Game of Thrones fan fiction, so it takes a little extra elbow grease to make this blog shine. I’m getting there. But in the immortal words of Snoop Doogg/Lion, back to the lecture at hand.
I don’t know a living entity who does not love the Muppets, for that matter, I hope I never meet anyone who thinks they are “just ok”. They are a worldwide institution that has withstood the test of time for decades beyond I’m sure what the late Jim Henson had envisioned for these characters when he created them. 2011 saw the very welcome return of our beloved friends in a film simply titled,The Muppets, starring Jason Segal and Amy Adams. That film was praised for its Academy Award nominated songs scribed by Flight of the Conchords Brett Mckenzie, and for its original storyline pertaining to the blurred lines of “man or muppet”.
This time around, the gang is back together and embark on a world tour per the advice of Dominick Badguy, (pronounced Badgee, it’s French), played by the hilariously dark Ricky Gervais, but things go horribly awry when Kermit is mistaken for the explosion happy, nefarious, and loathsome frog, Constantine. The plot lends itself very well to a lot of madcap action around cities like Madrid and London. Once the action ensues, a great supporting role played by Modern Family’s Ty Burrell, an Interpol officer who is sent to investigate the crimes committed by Kermit’s ences, like Lady Gga, seemiglyvil doppleganger, alongside our very own Sam Eagle (My favorite muppet by far). I love the bits and exchanges between these two and for me represented the high point of the film, aside from the music, and some outstanding self referential, “breaking the fourth wall” jokes
I found it rare and refreshing for Disney to make fun of itself within the film with songs like, “Muppets Again…Again”, which is basically about how sequels are never as good as the original, of course this should come as no surprise to anyone who has ever witnessed any of Disney’s straight to video sequels, but it was terrific nonetheless.
The film is longer than it has any right to be, and part of the reason for its unacceptable run time is due to the unbelievable amount of cameos in the film, including Danny Trejo, whom as the movie points out, apparently plays himself any time he appears in anything. Other appearances, like Lady Gaga, who shows up for no apparent reason other than to fill a quota, fall flat for the most part.
Muppets: Most Wanted is a worthy follow up to a more than worthy reboot, the jokes are there, the music is catchy, Tina Fey once again dazzles in a role that became a lot more socially relevant than I’m certain anyone could have guessed during the production of the film, and it shows that the misadventures of taking puppets still matter.
I give this film 3.5/5
Oh, and here’s the trailer… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQiGyBiNjLI
Until next time…