Saturday, March 22, 2014

Muppets Most Wanted

Muppets Most Wanted, directed by James Bobin, is the surprise hit of the year, so far.  And, given what is reported as its reasonable budget of $50 million, it could very well become the most profitable movie of, perhaps, the entire year.  Why?  Because it is absolutely brilliant!

The script by Bobin and Nicolas Stoller is hilarious and the songs composed by Christophe Beck are wonderfully charming and funny, as well.

And, you don’t have to a Muppets fan to enjoy this fabulous film.  For years, I, myself, haven’t seen anything Muppet other than a few brief appearances by Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy on some variety shows.  (Whatever happened to The Cookie Monster and wasn’t there a Grouch?)  

No matter.  The enormous coterie of current Muppet characters is conned by their new manager Dominic Badguy…”It’s pronounced Bugeye. I’m French”…(Ricky Gervais) into performing their show in various European cities so he and Kermit-lookalike, the notorious Constantine, can rob various museums.  Why? In order to find the implements that will allow the duo to rob the Crown Jewels of England. 

Meanwhile, the real Kermit has been imprisoned in the Russian Gulag from which Constantine escaped and has become subject to the ruthless, yet incredibly funny, Nadya (Tina Fey).

You don’t need to know anymore other than that it doesn’t matter if you’re young or old…as long as you’re a breathing human being, you’ll have a wonderfully entertaining time seeing this film.

I give Muppets Most Wanted a well-earned 5 out of 5.  Treat yourself to a good time and go.

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