MUPPETS MOST WANTED

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
AUGUST 11, 2014

Losing most of the magic instilled by the 2011 reboot of “The Muppets” and even with three years between productions, “Muppets Most Wanted” still feels like a lesser quality product with less humor and less soul. Do not get me wrong, I am entirely happy just to see the Muppets back in action on the big screen and will take what I can get from every single one of the iconic characters. But where “The Muppets” had the competent ‘let’s get the band back together’ story-line and a human cast boasting Jason Segal, Amy Adams, and Chris Cooper, “Muppets Most Wanted” takes a left turn as they take their show on the road to Europe, containing a human cast that I view as second-tier actors with Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey. The Muppets do return to their caper roots, with Kermit being mistaken for the British criminal mastermind, Constantine, who looks exactly like Kermit except for a mole on his upper lip. With Kermit in a Russian prison and the gang unaware of the switch, Constantine and his follower Dominic Badguy (Gervais) steal precious jewels all along the Muppets’ European Tour. With a lack of musical number brilliance from “The Muppets” and a screenplay that barely goes through the motions, where Segal’s passion project involved fans of all ages, “Muppets Most Wanted” feels oriented towards small children and no one else. Regardlessly, a second rate Muppets movie is better than no Muppets movie at all.

RELEASE DATE
March 21, 2014

DIRECTOR
James Bobin

WRITTEN BY
Nicholas Stoller
James Bobin

STUDIO
Walt Disney Pictures

PG
(for some mild action)

ADVENTURE
COMEDY
CRIME
FAMILY
MUSICAL
MYSTERY

107 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Don Burgess

COMPOSER
Christophe Beck

EDITOR
James Thomas

CAST
Ricky Gervais
Ty Burrell
Tina Fey
Tony Bennett
Jemaine Clement
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs
Rob Corddry
Céline Dion
Lady Gaga
Zach Galifianakis
Josh Groban
Salma Hayek
Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hollander
Toby Jones
Frank Langella
Ray Liotta
Chloë Grace Moretz
Usher Raymond
Saoirse Ronan
Danny Trejo
Stanley Tucci
Christoph Waltz

PRODUCED BY
David Hoberman
Todd Lieberman

BUDGET
$51 million

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