Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

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“Wow. Citizen Kane only got four jamon serranos.”

Back in 2011, The Muppets was one of the biggest cinematic surprises of the year for me. What I expected to be just another movie for children with gross-out humour, bad jokes and not much else turned out to be a smart, funny film that was for both adults and children. It’s one of the best of that year.

Cut to 2014, and Hollywood is continuing its tradition of doing a successful thing so many times until it’s done to death withMuppets Most Wanted. Gone are Amy Adams and Jason Segel, the dizzingly charming couple that gave the first film a central focus and made it so good, and enter Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey, a trio of which at least one-third of is completely unnecessary.

Muppets Most Wanted attempts the wit of the first film by being self-depricating and joking that it’s a sequel, but the humour falls flat from the first lackluster, unfunny musical number, and continues through countless attempts to relive the cleverness of the cameos in the first outing. It’s overstuffed with pointless cameos that only serve to confuse, too many Muppets and not enough focus on real people (which is what made the first film work), or anything, for that matter. Gone is the sharp satire that both young and old adored about the first, instead we get a few limp jokes and grabs at laughs from the adults via. the most G-rated gulag ever.

Rating: 2.5/5

-Ella

Muppets Most Wanted received a wide release starting April 10, 2014.

G, 112 mins.

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