Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

PG   |    |  Adventure, Comedy, Crime


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While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.


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21 March 2014 | docdoolittle
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| Wonderful songs! Wonderful Muppets! Wonderful film!
Having read a few strangely critical reviews, I felt compelled to add my own for balance. I am not going to compare this to this Muppet movie or that. I already see too many people doing that.

Having grown up with the original Muppet Show and seeing every movie and many TV specials, I have seen this bunch put together movies and shows with varying success.

The return to the big screen a few years ago was very welcome, and very well done. With this movie, I think they topped that and quite a few others! To me, as a lifelong fan, this easily ranks near the top of the best Muppet movies made.

Once I heard the opening number to the movie, I knew I was in for a treat. Every song in this movie was pure Muppet. Jim Henson always had a way of celebrating the best we all have to offer with a twinkle in his eye and a joke or two along the way. That spirit lives on in this movie. Whether it's doo wop, cheesy 70s music, or just a fun musical number, they cover a lot of ground.

The plot, as you may already be aware, involves some creative switcharoo, which is played off very well. This leads to a number of interesting scenes on both sides.

The movie is paced very well, and does a good job of switching back and forth between story lines. Just as you become reinvested in one, you're switched back to the other. You will most likely see your favorite Muppet at some point, although only a handful have significant parts. I always enjoy the familiar faces in the background scenes.

The human/Muppet ratio was back where it should be. Any proper Muppet movie should always star the muppets, with humans being "around". This delivered that perfectly, but also picked the perfect co-stars. Ty Burrell is fantastic, and his time with Sam the Eagle is wonderful, and something I had been looking forward to. Of course Tina Fey is great as well. She's Tina Fey!

There is a lot of well done will they or won't they at the end. You'll have to see for yourself if they do or if they don't!

And finally, while the matinée I went to wasn't hugely attended, there were a number of kids in the audience, and they all seemed to like the movie very much, even clapping at the end.

I personally enjoyed this movie quite a bit. I laughed A LOT. It's fun. It's silly. It's somewhat absurd at times, and that's what the Muppets are all about. And of course, they remind you how great it is to stick together with your friends and family. And any movie that can get the seal of approval from kids that includes clapping must be doing something right!

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Trivia

Costume designer Vivienne Westwood designed Miss Piggy's wedding gown from a special fabric made from recycled water bottles.


Quotes

Film Crew: And cut!
Walter: Wow, that was so amazing!
Kermit: Walter, you did a wonderful job.
Walter: Thank you, Kermit. Did we get that?
Miss Piggy: We got it.
Kermit: We got it, yup.
Film Crew: Movie's over, people, go home. That is a wrap.
Scooter: Okay, nice work, everyone. Make sure to fill out your I-9's, and we'll see you...


Goofs

The sign in front of the (fictional) national treasure museum in Berlin contains several mistakes. It reads "Nationale Schatz Museum", which seems to be translated literally. First of all, national treasure would correctly translate to "Nationales Kulturgut" (national cultural asset). In combination with museum (same word in German), the order would change to "Museum des nationalen Kulturguts" (in order to avoid the ugly dash construction "Nationales-Kulturgut-Museum", which would rise ambiguities since it is not clear whether the Kulturgut or the Museum is national). Further, the grammar of "Nationale" is wrong. One would say "Das nationale Schatzmuseum" but since you wouldn't use an article with that, it would be reduced to "Nationales Schatzmuseum" (mind the 's' at the end of "Nationales"). In this form, it would be the museum that is national, not the "Schatz" (treasure). To sum it up: The sign is a very sloppy try to imitate a real name and is supposedly unintended funny for German-speaking viewers.


Crazy Credits

In the middle of the credits, Fozzie says, "Check this out!" and puts his hat on the "LOS ANGELES UNiT" text.


Soundtracks

Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix)
Written by
Carlos De Yarza (as Carlos Alberto De Yarza), Antonio Romero (as Antonio Romero Monge), Rafael Ruiz, and Mike Triay
Produced by Ed Mitchell
Performed by Eric Jacobson, Peter Linz, and Bill Barretta

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Genres

Adventure | Comedy | Crime | Family | Musical | Mystery

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,005,126 23 March 2014

Gross USA:

$51,183,113

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$80,383,113

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