Friday, March 21, 2014

Movie Review: Muppets Most Wanted

Muppets: Most Wanted went from the number seven spot on my most anticipated of 2014 list to completely vanishing from said list; as I was reminded of other amazing films coming out this year. Was I right to drop it off my list? Well, hit the jump and find out.

Never before have I tapped my toes in a theater and I've seen a plethora of Broadway musicals. But, that all changed with Muppets: Most Wanted. Bret McKenzie has returned as the Muppet maestro, bringing with him bouncier and catchier tunes that are more reminiscent of his work as one half of Flight of the Conchords.  His band mate, Jermaine, is even in the flick as a prisoner in a Russian gulag. These toe tapping numbers and the dance routines that join them are the highlight of this film. They are the true reason to see this movie on the big screen.

Sadly, the rest of the movie is kind of loose and sloppy. Without Jason Segel at the keyboard, the film loses a lot of it's heart. In exchange, we receive a thin, yet entertaining plot. Most of the movie is like this; a string of loose plot points that either lead to a big joke or amazing musical number. It's an approach to comedy that works, but when the previous film set the story bar so high, it makes this seem even more like a disappointing cash in. Luckily, that Muppet sense of humor is quite strong and that makes it worth while.

Paul's Rating: 7/10

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