“Muppets Most Wanted” premiered on March 21, 2014. The film was directed by James Bobin and co-written by Nicholas Stoller.The movie featured an ensemble cast which includes Ricky Gervais (Dominic Badguy a.k.a. The Lemur), Tyrell Burrell (Jean Pierre Napoleon) and Tina Fey (Nadya),with Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and the entire gang of our lovable fuzzy friends from childhood. Here’s a short synopsis and movie review from Movie News Guide (MNG).
“Muppets Most Wanted” Synopsis:
The story begins after the first “The Muppets” starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams whose characters helped reunite Kermit the Frog and the Muppets again.
The successfully reunited Muppets tried to find greener pastures in Europe via a world tour as suggested by a French tour manager named Dominic BadGuy (Ricky Gervais).
Little do they know, it is actually part of an elaborate plan to hide the recent escape of Constantine (Matt Vogel), the most wanted criminal from the most secure prison in the world in Russia’s Siberian Gulag.
Constantine is known for stealing the crown and now he wants to steal the diamonds and other crown jewels of Great Britain.
Those who were helping Constantine learned that Kermit the Frog is the perfect decoy for this criminal plot as they both shared physical attributes minus a few notable distinguishing traits such as the classic beauty mark on Constantine’s cheek and the Russian accent.
Both frogs got into a confrontation in Berlin and Constantine slapped a fake mole on Kermit during an ambush meeting. Constantine took on Kermit’s identity while Kermit was put inside a prison cell in the Siberian Gulag, which was heavily guarded by prison guard Nadya (Tina Fey).
Constantine uses The Muppets’ performances as cover-up for his criminal operations with his subordinate, Dominic while Kermit was ordered by Nadya to head their annual talent show in prison.
On the other hand, agent Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell) of Interpol and agent Sam the Eagle from CIA must set aside their differences in order to know and capture the criminal who goes by the name “The Lemur.”
“The Muppets” sequel also featured guest celebrity stars and epic cameos from Zach Galifianakis, Salma Hayek, Tom Hiddleston, James McAvoy, Chloe Grace Moretz, Saoirse Ronan, Debbie Ryan and Christopher Waltz and also music celebs such as Tony Bennett, Celine Dion, P. Diddy/ Sean Combs and Lady Gaga.
“Muppets Most Wanted Movie Review:
Box Office Mojo reported that the movie earned a whopping $18,014,000 worldwide on its debut with $ 33,210,000 in domestic and $7,500,000 in foreign box office revenues.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, the movie got a positive rating of 78% with an average rating of 6.8/10 based on 141 movie reviews while it got another favourable rating of 70% from members of the site who enjoyed watching the film.
The movie garnered mixed reviews from critics who shared their enthusiasm with the film and problems they encountered while watching it.
“[It] isn’t as giddily entertaining as its predecessor but much of the charm remains, making this an ideal destination for a family excursion,” Berardinelli reported on Reel Views.
On the other hand, Christopher Orr of The Atlantic commented that the film is indeed kid-friendly but somehow “the film lacks the tenderness and rich nostalgia that made The Muppets such an improbable delight.”
Anna Smith of Time Out New York noted that this is an example that chances of having a successful comeback can be attained but still rare.
“Everybody knows that the sequel’s never quite as good,” sing our fluffy friends during the opening number of a film with much to live up to after 2011’s terrific reboot, The Muppets. The joke proves self-fulfilling,” Anna said in her article on Time Out New York.
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