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Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

  • Rate: 7.3/10 total 999 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Comedy | Crime | Family | Musical
  • Release Date: 21 March 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 112 min
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Muppets Most Wanted (2014)


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  • IMDb page: Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
  • Rate: 7.3/10 total 999 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Comedy | Crime | Family | Musical
  • Release Date: 21 March 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 112 min
  • Filming Location: Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
  • Budget: $50,000,000 (estimated)
  • Director: James Bobin
  • Stars: Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Christophe Beck   
  • Soundtrack: Handel: La Réjouissance from Music for the Royal Fireworks
  • Sound Mix: Datasat | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Look Alike | World Tour | Jewel Heist | The Muppets | Europe

Writing Credits By:

  • James Bobin (written by) &
  • Nicholas Stoller (written by)

Known Trivia

  • This is Ray Liotta’s second appearance in a Muppet movie. The other was Muppets from Space. 23 of 26 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Tina Fey and Muppet performer Matt Vogel prepared with a dialect coach for their roles of Nadya and Constantine. 20 of 25 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • James Bobin is the second director to helm more than one theatrical Muppet film. The other is Brian Henson. 14 of 18 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Ross Lynch, Debby Ryan, and Bridgit Mendler are Disney Channel stars. 21 of 52 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.  »

Story: While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.


Synopsis: The film begins exactly where the last film left off, with the muppets finishing the filming of their movie. A lively song and dance breaks out where they decide what this movie should be about. They settle on making a movie about a Muppet world tour after Ricky Gervais whispers the idea in Kermits ear.

Ricky Gervais than introduces himself as Dominic Badguy, a tour agent who has produced tours by Rhianna and U2. He wants the muppets to take their show on the road while Kermit thinks they should stay put and hone their act. But with some convincing from the other muppets, especially Walter, Kermit agrees.

Dominic gets on the phone with Constantine, a frog that looks exactly like Kermit except for a mole. Constantine is the most dangerous criminal in the world and he has just escaped jail in Siberia. He tells Dominic to meet him in Berlin and Dominic tells the muppets their first show will be in Berlin.

Kermit leads them to a tiny broken down theater and says it is all they can afford. However, Dominic convinces the muppets to ignore Kermits practicality and go for the biggest theater in Berlin which happens to be next to an art museum. Kermit is upset none of his friends listen to him and Dominic suggests a walk along an abandoned canal. There Kermit is accosted by Constantine who glues a mole to Kermits lip. The villagers think Kermit is Constantine and arrest him and send him to Siberia.

Constantine paints his lip green and infiltrates the muppets show. He faints from stage fright but the show is a sold out success anyways. While the show goes on, Constantine and Dominic break through the wall of the theater into an art museum and steal precious paintings.

The next day Detectives Eagle and Jean (Ty Burrell) examine the museum. 2 of the paintings stolen were valuable but one was not. They notice a coin Dominic left behind that says The Lemur. Dominic is the 2nd most wanted criminal behind Constantine.

Dominic and Constantine find instructions behind the worthless painting that will lead them to the crown jewels. They must get a key from Madrid so the next stop on the Muppets tour is Madrid.

Kermit is taken to Siberia where prison guard Nadia (Tina Fey) sings a song about the most glorious hotel in Russiathe big house. Kermit is thrown into jail with all the other hardened criminals, but holds out faith his friends will save him.

The muppets perform in Madrid and Kermit (Really Constantine) lets them do whatever they want which is highly unlike Kermit. He also sings a song about his love for Miss Piggy. During the show Constantine and Dominic break into a Spanish museum where they break dozens of priceless busts until they find a key inside one of them. The key says they must get a locket from the Irish National Bank in Dublin so the next stop on the Muppets tour is Dublin.s

Kermit is disheartened that none of his friends have rescued him. He tries to escape but Nadia always catches him. She convinces him to direct the prisons annual revue (convincing being more of a threatening term here).

When they arrive in Dublin, Walter begins to suspect something is wrong with Kermit. He sees Dominic sneaking around and follows him. He discovers Dominic has been paying for good reviews and good turn outs in order to distract the muppets and the public from his crimes.

Jean and Eagle examine the museum in Spain and realize the muppet shows have happened in conjunction with each crime. They interrogate the muppets but can discover nothing.

Walter and Fozzy realize Kermit is really Constantine. They escape with Animal, who has realized something was fishy all along. They run to Russia to rescue the real Kermit.

Kermit is directing the prisons revue and Nadia is falling for him quickly. Kermit finds he can direct these inmates better than his own family.

The show in Dublin begins and Constantine and Dominic steal the locket from the bank. During the show Constantine proposes to Miss Piggy and insists that their wedding be in 2 days in the tower of London-where the crown jewels are kept.

Walter, Fozzy, and Animal find Kermit and apologize for not seeing through Constantine sooner. They use the revue as cover for a massive jailbreak. They head to London to save Miss Piggy.

Miss Piggy, the muppets, and Celine Dion sing a song about how the whole thing doesnt feel quite right.

Kermit sneaks into the wedding and Miss Piggy realizes there are 2 Kermits. Constantine urges her to marry him and Kermit hangs back. This makes Miss Piggy realize who the real Kermit is.

Dominic hires a team of criminal babies (Muppet babies) to break into the crown jewels room. He uses the locket and the key to unlock the safe. He has the crown jewels.

Constantine grabs Miss Piggy as hostage and drags her to the helicopter. Dominic is there in a lemur costume and he tells Constantine he is double crossing him. Constantine says the point of a double cross is that it is secret and throws Dominic out.

Constantine tries to take Miss Piggy away but Kermit and the other Muppets defeat him in an action sequence (the movie comedically calls out its own plot devices) and are saved and together. The Muppets apologize to Kermit for not listening to him. Nadia comes and says Kermit must go back to jail for leading the jailbreak. The muppets offer to go to jail in his place. Nadia is touched and says Kermit can be free as long as they do a final performance in Siberia. They finish with a happy song about being together again.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Bill Barretta known as co-producer
  • David Hoberman known as producer
  • Todd Lieberman known as producer
  • Angus More Gordon known as co-producer
  • Denis Pedregosa known as line producer: Spain
  • John G. Scotti known as executive producer
  • Nicholas Stoller known as executive producer



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Kristin Arrigo known as hair stylist
  • Peta Dunstall known as chief hair
  • Stacey Louise Holman known as make-up/hair trainee
  • Kristyan Mallett known as prosthetics and tattoos
  • Nicola Mount known as hair and makeup artist
  • Sarah Nuth known as makeup artist
  • Emma Scott known as makeup designer

Art Department:

  • Lizzie Bravo known as set decorating assistant
  • Faye Brinkworth known as petty cash buyer
  • Clemency Bunn known as painter
  • John Coven known as storyboard artist
  • Gary Dawson known as standby props
  • Stephen Doyle known as dressing propman
  • James Enright known as props
  • Eva Firshein known as buyer
  • David Gray known as stand-by rigger: second unit
  • Ana Grijalva known as set dec pa
  • Patrick Harris known as draughtsman
  • Rohan Harris known as scenic artist
  • James Hendy known as production buyer
  • Josh Jones known as standby carpenter: second unit
  • Megan Jones known as graphics assistant
  • Tony Marks known as carpenter
  • Sonny Merchant known as stand-by props: second unit
  • Amy Merry known as graphic designer
  • Warren Parkinson known as props storeman
  • Chris Peters known as art department assistant
  • Sarah-Jane Prentice known as standby art director
  • Hannah Purdy Foggin known as prop maker
  • Erin E. Riegel known as art department assistant: Los Angeles
  • Malcolm Roberts known as construction coordinator
  • Bradley Rubin known as assistant art director: Los Angeles
  • Matt Sargent known as draper
  • Mark Smith known as dressing props
  • Mark Smith known as stand-by props
  • Alice Sutton known as prop maker
  • Jason Torbett known as standby propman: second unit
  • Michael A. Truesdale known as art department coordinator: Los Angeles
  • Richard Van Den Bergh known as prop maker
  • Ketan Waikar known as draughtsman
  • Les Ward known as draper
  • Brigitte Ward-Holmes known as construction buyer
  • Tom Weaving known as assistant art director
  • Terry Woods known as property master
  • Olivia Young known as art department trainee
  • Rut Villamagna known as props (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Walt Disney Pictures (presents) (as Disney)
  • Mandeville Films
  • Babieka
  • Cinema Vehicle Services

Other Companies:

  • 424 Post  post-production sound services
  • BT Industrial Supply  expendables
  • Brownian Motion  vfx unit camera equipment & lenses
  • Cartoon Network  trademark own by: ''Adventure Time'' and all related characters and elements 2014 All Right Reserved (as Cartoon Network A Time Warner Company})
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes (uncredited)
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies (uncredited)
  • Compuhire  computer playback
  • Deluxe Digital Cinema  post-production (Digital Cinema Distribution)
  • Helicopter Film Services  aerial filming & coordination
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • Light Iron  digital intermediate
  • Light Iron  mobile dailies provided by Outpost
  • Oh So Small Productions  short & dwarf actors agency
  • PIC Agency  opening title
  • Panalux  lighting equipment by
  • Propshop  prop makers
  • Take 2 Film Services  camera equipment provided by
  • Trevor Morris Studios  score mixed at
  • Universal Studios  courtesy of (Scenes From Woody Woodpecker)
  • Walt Disney Records  soundtrack
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment  courtesy of (''The Looney Tunes Show'' All rights reserved.)
  • iSK8uk Mobile Ice Rinks  ice (ice rink supplier)


  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2014) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2014) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2014) (France) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2014) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2014) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2014) (USA) (theatrical)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Factory VFX
  • Double Negative
  • Nvizible (visual effects)
  • Senate Visual Effects, The (Visual Effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Victoria Albanese known as visual effects coordinator: Disney
  • Jaroslaw Ancuta known as roto artist: The Senate VFX
  • Craig Andujar known as visual effects asset manager
  • Nithin Babu known as prep artist: Double Negative
  • Michael Jeff Baldemoro known as lead roto artist: double negative
  • Steven Barham known as runner: The Senate VFX
  • Philip Borg known as 3D artist: The Senate VFX
  • Rigel Bowen known as digital artist: Factory VFX
  • Jonathan Brady known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
  • Sule Bryan known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
  • Markus Burki known as visual effects artist
  • Remi Cauzid known as lead character technical director
  • Kunal Chindarkar known as compositor: Double Negative Visual Effects
  • Jeremy Chinn known as title designer
  • Sandra Chocholska known as digital compositor
  • Eric D. Christensen known as visual effects supervisor: Factory VFX
  • Sam Churchill known as visual effects artist
  • Craig Crane known as Lidar supervisor
  • Oliver Cubbage known as digital artist
  • Samantha Dark known as visual effects coordinator: The Senate VFX
  • Max Dennison known as senior matte artist: The Senate VFX
  • Harriet Donington known as business development producer: nvizible
  • Dominic Drane known as pipeline supervisor
  • Jason Evans known as digital compositor
  • Victoria Farley known as digital compositor
  • Izzy Field known as vfx assistant coordinator
  • Ben Fleming known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
  • James D. Fleming known as 2D supervisor/lead: The Senate VFX
  • Jacob Flint known as matchmove artist: The Senate VFX
  • Stephen A. Gall known as compositor
  • Riccardo Gambi known as lead compositor
  • Roger Gibbon known as digital matte painter: The Senate VFX
  • Walter Goh known as matchmove artist: double negative
  • Ken Graham known as digital compositor
  • Sharna Hackett known as visual effects line producer: Double Negative
  • Varun Hadkar known as visual effects
  • Emile Hardy known as digital matte painter: The Senate VFX
  • Joey Harris known as matchmover: The Senate VFX
  • Michael Harrison known as digital compositor
  • Lionel Heath known as compositor: The Senate
  • Sarah Hemsley known as visual effects executive producer: The Senate VFX
  • Jeremy Hey known as digital compositor
  • Isabel Howlett known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
  • Andras Ikladi known as lead fx
  • Dhuha Isa known as assistant visual effects editor: Double Negative
  • Robert Jackson known as compositor
  • Patrick Jarvis known as digital paint dept. supervisor: BaseFX
  • Chris Jestico known as vfx company scheduler
  • Neil Jianoran known as prep artist: Double Negative
  • Oliver Johnstone known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
  • Ciarán Keenan known as visual effects coordinator: Nvizible
  • Lisa Kelly known as visual effects producer: Nvizible
  • Duncan Kinnaird known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
  • Duncan Boon Kwang Kuah known as technical director
  • Erran Lake known as additional data wrangler
  • Charlotte Larive known as digital compositor
  • Andrew Lawrence known as visual effects editorial: The Senate VFX
  • Simon Leech known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
  • Francis Leong known as effects technical director: Double Negative
  • Zachary Lo known as digital compositor
  • Andrew Loschin known as visual effects editor
  • Charlotte Loughnane known as VFX Producer Dneg
  • Hugh Macdonald known as visual effects supervisor: Nvizible
  • Greg Malkin known as matchmove artist: the senate
  • Greg Malkin known as matchmover: The Senate VFX
  • Edward Martin known as matchmove artist: The Senate VFX
  • Sean Mathiesen known as visual effects supervisor
  • Fay McConkey known as visual effects producer: Double Negative
  • Adam McInnes known as visual effects supervisor: The Senate VFX
  • Juan Melgoza known as digital effects supervisor: Factory VFX
  • David Miles known as Digital Production Manager: Factory VFX
  • Darren Nash known as digital compositor
  • Jia-Hao Ng known as digital matte artist: sequence lead
  • Tommy Nikjoo known as systems manager: The Senate VFX
  • Emelie Nilsson known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
  • Nick Ocean known as visual effects coordinator
  • Yvonne Oh known as roto artist: double negative
  • Dylan Owen known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
  • Francisco Palomares Pozas known as digital compositor
  • Uppu Pavanrajesh known as compositor: Double Negative VFX
  • Dan Pearson known as assistant data wrangler
  • Justin Peer known as on-set data wrangler
  • Guy Penwill known as digital compositor: The Senate VFX
  • Xinyi Puah known as visual effects editor: Double Negative
  • Simon-Pierre Puech known as digital compositor
  • Brett Purmal known as senior animator
  • Maickel Quinet known as digital compositor
  • Nolan Reese known as visual effects editor
  • Jon Reid known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
  • David Rouxel known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
  • Stuart Rowbottom known as 3D artist: The Senate VFX
  • Stuart Rowbottom known as 3D generalist: The Senate VFX
  • Gabriel Roy known as pipeline technical director: The Senate VFX
  • Stephanie Saillard known as visual effects: Double Negative
  • Chris Scott known as digital compositor
  • Jarmila Seflova known as compositor: The Senate VFX
  • Dave Sewell known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
  • Dave Sewell known as lead digital compositor
  • Scott Shapiro known as visual effects producer
  • Michael Shaw known as digital compositor
  • Poya Shohani known as effects technical director: The Senate VFX
  • Richard Simko known as digital artist
  • Phil Smith known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
  • Steve Smith known as roto artist: The Senate VFX
  • Samantha Spacey known as visual effects producer: The Senate VFX
  • Adrian Steel known as visual effects coordinator
  • Lubos Gerardo Surzin known as senior matte painter
  • Lionel Taillens known as digital matte painter
  • Rick Thomson known as data manager: The Senate VFX
  • Zelda Tinska known as visual effects line producer: Double Negative
  • Paul Tuersley known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
  • Monica Verdu known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
  • Mengdi Wang known as fx artist
  • Martin Waters known as CG Supervisor – The Senate VFX
  • Christal Wolgamott known as visual effects producer: Factory VFX
  • Jamie Wong known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
  • William G. Wright known as digital compositor
  • Ben Ying known as compositor
  • Jun Zhang known as digital compositor: Double Negative
  • Sean Amlaner known as senior compositor (uncredited)

MPAA: Rated PG for some mild action



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  1. D_Burke from United States
    23 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    When I reviewed "The Muppets" (2011) upon its release, I was ecstaticabout it. I loved the story, the songs, and everything the Muppetsthemselves did in the movie.

    Most people who saw "The Muppets" who were not Muppet fans beforeseeing it enjoyed the film. Muppet fans themselves, in addition toloving the movie, could sense the heart and passion the filmmakers putinto every aspect, and felt no doubt everyone involved in making "TheMuppets" were Muppet fans themselves.

    "Muppets Most Wanted" is the 8th Muppet movie, but the first one thatis technically a sequel because it acknowledges the events that tookplace in its immediate predecessor. Many of those involved in "TheMuppets" return in this sequel, including director and co-writer JamesBobin, co-writer Nicholas Stoller, songwriter (and Oscar-winner) BretMcKenzie, and all the Muppets including newcomer Walter . . . butsomething was missing.

    As I watched the film, I could see all the Muppets were there, and itseemed like they were trying to perform "The Muppet Show" as well asthey did in their previous film. There was a coherent story about acriminal mastermind who happened to look identical to Kermit the Frog,and exploits this coincidence to help him escape from prison.

    I wanted this movie to make me laugh. I want to tell everyone that theMuppets are cool and funny again like I did back when I saw "TheMuppets" . . . but I can't.

    The problem may have had to do with the story, or at least themotivations of antagonist and Kermit-lookalike Constantine. With hispartner in crime Dominic Badguy (pronounced BA-jee, & played by RickyGervais), he uses the Muppets' world tour as a front to rob Europeanmuseums of their precious diamonds.

    "The Great Muppet Caper" had a similar plot, but that movie was moreclever because virtually all the Muppets in that movie parodied howoverdone such a plot was. This movie doesn't even want to acknowledgethe banality of that hackneyed plot line, or even consider why anymodern audience would care about a jewel heist.

    Also, whereas the songs were a major strength in "The Muppets", thesong "We're Doing A Sequel" is the only one worth remembering. It's apromising, tongue-in-cheek song that acknowledges the stigma andsymptoms of sequelitis, only to allow the whole film to fall victim toits own diagnosis.

    Many of the other songs are surprisingly mundane, considering McKenziewrote far more brilliant songs for "The Muppets". For example, the song"I'll Get What You Want (Cockatoo In Malibu)" has lyrics that include"I can give you anything you want/Give you anything you need/I'll makeyour dreams come true/Give you anything you want".

    You're waiting for a funny line, but McKenzie, for the first time inhis songwriting career, never delivers one. Considering the hilarious,genre-bashing songs he made famous with Flight Of The Conchords, itfeels as if he didn't even try.

    Last but not least, everything "The Muppets" did right with celebritycameos, "Muppets Most Wanted" did wrong. You see Christoph Waltzdancing the waltz, Salma Hayek getting on and off stage, Danny Trejo inprison, and Celine Dion just singing.

    You don't see Gonzo doing a crazy stunt (you only hear him talkingabout it), Fozzie Bear telling a joke, or most of the Muppets doingwhat they do best. Even Lew Zealand forgets to throw a fish.

    Of the human stars who actually have relevant roles, Tina Fey and TyBurrell actually look like they're having fun. Ricky Gervais issurprisingly dull, being both unfunny enough to stand alongside theMuppets, and not menacing enough to be a villain.

    The Muppets are the stars of this movie, not the humans. Somewhere inthe making of this movie, the filmmakers left their love of theMuppets, and their desire to make them intriguing characters, by thedoor, and it shows by what you don't see the Muppets do.

    "Muppets Most Wanted" has some laughs, but they are more like lightchuckles with no feelings of joy or poignancy. The Muppets have alreadyproved they can make a comeback, but this is not the movie that provestheir staying power.

    "Muppets Most Wanted" is by no means a terrible movie, but I hope theMuppets prove their worth in their next movie. I hope there is a nextmovie.

    One last note: The Walt Disney Company has not yet released "The MuppetShow" Seasons 4 & 5 on DVD in addition to many other long-unavailableMuppet TV specials (e.g. "A Muppet Family Christmas" (1987)), yet haspurchased Marvel Comics and the Star Wars franchise. Maybe the problemlies with Disney not caring enough about the Muppets.

  2. Adam Antium
    23 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    Having read a few strangely critical reviews, I felt compelled to addmy own for balance. I am not going to compare this to this Muppet movieor that. I already see too many people doing that.

    Having grown up with the original Muppet Show and seeing every movieand many TV specials, I have seen this bunch put together movies andshows with varying success.

    The return to the big screen a few years ago was very welcome, and verywell done. With this movie, I think they topped that and quite a fewothers! To me, as a lifelong fan, this easily ranks near the top of thebest Muppet movies made.

    Once I heard the opening number to the movie, I knew I was in for atreat. Every song in this movie was pure Muppet. Jim Henson always hada way of celebrating the best we all have to offer with a twinkle inhis eye and a joke or two along the way. That spirit lives on in thismovie. Whether it's doo wop, cheesy 70s music, or just a fun musicalnumber, they cover a lot of ground.

    The plot, as you may already be aware, involves some creativeswitcharoo, which is played off very well. This leads to a number ofinteresting scenes on both sides.

    The movie is paced very well, and does a good job of switching back andforth between story lines. Just as you become reinvested in one, you'reswitched back to the other. You will most likely see your favoriteMuppet at some point, although only a handful have significant parts. Ialways enjoy the familiar faces in the background scenes.

    The human/Muppet ratio was back where it should be. Any proper Muppetmovie should always star the muppets, with humans being "around". Thisdelivered that perfectly, but also picked the perfect co-stars. TyBurrell is fantastic, and his time with Sam the Eagle is wonderful, andsomething I had been looking forward to. Of course Tina Fey is great aswell. She's Tina Fey!

    There is a lot of well done will they or won't they at the end. You'llhave to see for yourself if they do or if they don't!

    And finally, while the matinée I went to wasn't hugely attended, therewere a number of kids in the audience, and they all seemed to like themovie very much, even clapping at the end.

    I personally enjoyed this movie quite a bit. I laughed A LOT. It's fun.It's silly. It's somewhat absurd at times, and that's what the Muppetsare all about. And of course, they remind you how great it is to sticktogether with your friends and family. And any movie that can get theseal of approval from kids that includes clapping must be doingsomething right!

  3. fawlty-1 from United States
    23 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    The Muppets Most Wanted is a Muppet Movie. That gives it more pointsthan other movies automatically. Only eight other movies can be calledMuppet Movies.

    The fact that this is a film made for children is not lost on mymiddle-aged mind. I know that everything I love about the Muppets is inmy memory. However, the 2011 The Muppets was a love letter to theMuppets from all of us children of the 1970s. The 2014 The Muppets MostWanted is a children's film, meant for children. The laughs in thisfilm are few and far between. The non-Muppet characters are the oldbroad caricatures found in other children's programing. The "mystery"of this film is very similar to the who-dunnit of The Great MuppetCaper. What is missing is the tongue-in-cheek comedy of the simplicityof the plot. In 1981, the adult writers, actors, and editors weren'ttalking down to kids. Jim Henson NEVER talked down to his audience orassumed that it was an audience of children. The Producers of this film(which sadly doesn't include one Jason Segel in any capacity) weremaking a children's movie instead of a film for us thirty-somethings.

    sidebar: How sad is it that you need to be thirty-something to rememberwhat thirty-something was?

    This film is good. Not great. It's opening number explains the whole ofthe production. The sequel is never as good as the original.

    I suspect that the pitch for this sequel was a reboot of The GreatMuppet Caper. This movie is not as good as The Muppets and it is not asgood as The Great Muppet Caper. It is better than Muppets from Space.That says very little.

    If you are middle-aged and have kids, take your kids to this movie.Then go home and watch the other 8 Muppet movies have a martini andwait for the joy to return.

    Children's film score 60% (compared to all children's films) Overallscore 60% (compared to all film) Muppet Movie score 50% (compared toother Muppet films)

  4. Helio Copter from United States
    23 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    I'm a Muppets fan and really enjoyed the 2011 film, but I am very, verydisappointed with Muppets Most Wanted. This film is just an endlessstring of clichés. Very rarely is it genuinely witty or surprising. Thescript wrings all of the effect possible out of heist film tropes,caricatures of non-Americans (stuff that probably would have beenHILARIOUS if this was 1964) and of course, the Muppet cast wearingtheir well-worn roles.

    Easier for me to summarize are the good points. Ty Burrell was born toplay a French Interpol detective in a Muppets film. Germain Clementfrom Flight of the Conchords works great as a young-Topol-lookalikeRussian. And there are a few random gags here and there that hit home.Oh, and two or maybe three of the songs are either weird or catchyenough to be enjoyable.

    But that's it. The plot is nothing great. The dialog lacks wit. Most ofthe songs are simply dialog set to autopilot melodies. The premisefeels like it belongs in a decade of the past. "Kermit identity crisis"and "Muppets heist-related film" have already sort of been done in TheMuppets Take Manhattan and The Great Muppet Caper, respectively. Notexact equivalents, but close enough to make Muppets Most Wanted seemlike a lesser retread. I'm glad that the Muppets franchise has been re-energized, but like Star Trek, I have a hard time feeling like itsworth it unless they develop better stories for future installments.

  5. griffolyon12 from United States
    23 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    Muppets Most Wanted is essentially a direct sequel to 2011's TheMuppets, with this one literally picking up where the last left off.While I am exceptionally glad to find the Muppets back on moviescreens, both Most Wanted, and even their last outing in 2011, seemedto be missing that spark that made me fall in love with the Muppets tobegin with. Perhaps it's the absence of any Henson actively involved inthe making-of process, or perhaps it's the fact that these past twoMuppet films have been the first bigscreen features without theoriginal voice of Miss Piggy and Fozzie, Frank Oz. I don't really knowwhat it is, but Muppets Most Wanted never quite manages to reach theMuppets' previous highs. Don't get me wrong, Muppets Most Wanted is afun and entertaining movie for the most part, it just seems like it istrying too hard to be a Muppet movie, rather than letting it flownaturally.

    In Most Wanted, we find Kermit and the gang embarking on a world tourwith their shady new manager, Dominic Badguy (played by Ricky Gervais).Badguy's not so subtle name is a perfect clue as to what happens next,when the world's most dangerous frog, Constantine, breaks out of prisonand switches places with Kermit. Badguy and Constantine embark on amassive jewel heist using the Muppet's world tour as the perfect cover,and Kermit, trapped in a Russian prison, must find a means of escape ifhe's to save the day.

    There are definitely shades of The Great Muppet Caper here and there,but it feels more like an imitator of that classic Muppet adventure,rather than an entirely new entry in the Muppet canon. Here's the thingwith Muppets Most Wanted, the representations of the characters arespot on for the most part, and many of the jokes are quite funny, inparticular Dominic and Constantine constantly going back-and-forthabout Dominic being number 2 to Constantine's number 1, but it justfeels like the filmmakers are still trying to justify why they werechosen to make Muppet movies in the first place. It's almost as if thefilmmakers had a checklist of all the things they felt needed to be ina Muppet movie (song-and-dance numbers, celebrity cameos, etc.) andjust threw the whole kitchen sink in.

    There's never a real clear focus to the film, with it often feeling atouch haphazard in how it jumps from joke to joke, with not every gaglanding with a laugh. Then there's the abruptness that the songs oftenstart with, with very little build up to where it actually feels like asong was warranted at that moment in the film. And then there's thecelebrity cameos, which are just getting too much. When they did themin the original Muppet movies, they were usually done very sparingly,and the cameos were of such a high level of celebrity, that when yousaw them, everyone immediately knew who they were. I love that DannyTrejo finally got into a Muppet movie, but how many people will reallyrecognize James McAvoy or Stanley Tucci when they pop up? A far cryfrom the days when Bob Hope and Orson Welles had Muppet cameos. Ofcourse, I really don't want this to sound like I hated Muppets MostWanted, I just think disappointment is more of my feeling.

    Muppets Most Wanted is an okay movie, it's just not a good Muppetmovie. When the bar has been set so high, it's hard to reach it.Really, the film suffers from the same problem that most moderncomedies suffer from, a sense of ADD and a barrage of jokes that arenot all that witty. When the Muppets revert to a few bathroom jokes inthis film, all I could do was groan inside. However, this does make itall the more refreshing when a few witty jokes actually crop up. Ilaughed my head off when Fozzie impersonated a bear skin rug, as wellas when they referenced The Seventh Seal and Silence of the Lambs. It'sin these areas of cleverness that Muppets Most Wanted is the most funand feels like the Muppets of old, I just wish they'd give Rizzo theRat more than one measly line of dialogue. What's up Disney? Yourmascot's a mouse, but you can't give a rat some love?

    I give Muppets Most Wanted a 7 out of 10!

  6. TheDemko from Tampa, FL
    23 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    So, I saw it last night… and as much as I enjoyed it, somethingseemed missing. For a devoted fan like me, I believe the missing piecewas the emotional impact that many of the great Muppet movies have had.Don't get me wrong, MMW was definitely fun, and I highly recommend itto anyone with kids, to keep the legacy alive. There was plenty ofin-joke meta humor, sight-gags, visual puns (Christoph Waltz cameos ashimself, dancing the Waltz with a bear), like the last one (and so manybefore that), which I love. There were references to previous movies(including nice plot AND song callbacks to The Muppets Take Manhattan -one of my favorite Muppet movies ever), and characters (Rizzo andKermit's nephew Robin get a fun moment). And maybe it's just becausethe first movie of the Muppets reboot was SO damn good, and containedsuch incredible levels of nostalgia, but for long-time fans likemyself, MMW didn't connect with me quite as well.

    One big missing piece of the puzzle from the last movie, though, isJason Segel. Even though this was written by Nicholas Stoller, Segel'swriting partner in the first movie, the dialogue and the jokessometimes fell a little flat. Segel's obvious deep-seeded love andfandom of the Muppets showed through in his script, and that same levelof love wasn't here. Plus, Segel as Gary in the first movie, justbrought a lot of on- screen fun with him. But of course, I understandthat the Muppets don't typically have any permanent human counterparts,so if he had just continued writing on this one, I'd have been happy.

    The songs were cute and fun, but nothing here nearly compares to thelast film's soundtrack. Nothing catchy enough to stay in my head, like'Man or Muppet' or 'Life's a Happy Song' were. No emotional punch like'Pictures in My Head' was. I'm afraid that Bret McKenzie will notlikely be able to continue his streak of Best Song Oscars. One of themore fun musical highlights, though, was Constantine's (the villain -who was just basically Kermit with a mole and … a frog in his throat*rimshot*) off-handed seduction of Miss Piggy in one of his (THREE!)songs, "I'll Get You What You Want".

    The human co-stars of the movie were Ty Burrell (Modern Family), TinaFey and Ricky Gervais. All three shine in their scenes, and all seem tobe up for all the fun of your typical Muppet movie, but Fey reallystood out in her song "In The Gulag". She plays an over-the-topstereotypical Russian guard, keeping Kermit under lock and key forbeing mistaken for Constantine (the World's Most Dangerous Frog!),complete with Kermit, at one point, wearing a "Hogan's Heroes"-stylehat. The rest of the human cameos were really fun, too. Hobo Joere-cameos in this one, a carryover from the first movie. There's a cutesurprise cameo at the end of the movie. The other standout amongst thecameos for me was Danny Trejo, who at one point, late in the film, yourealize is playing… Danny Trejo, the Russian gulag prisoner, which Ifound to be immensely hilarious. A lot of the cameos are 'blink andyou'll miss 'em', though. So the movie does have some rewatchabilityvalue for me, at some point.

    The last thing I'll point out here is that there seemed to be a lot ofMuppet cameos as well. MANY different older generation Muppets show upas background characters, so it was fun to play 'Spot the FamiliarMuppet' throughout the film. My favorite was the Muppet Newsman, whounfortunately, had nothing bad happen to him.

    So overall, I think the Muppet legacy has a great chance at continuingtheir legacy, and I think the last movie gained a lot of new young fansof the franchise, who will all enjoy this one immensely (since kidsdon't really have the same sort of emotional attachment to the Muppetsthat I might). I enjoyed the movie greatly for what it was, but amslightly disappointed in the movie for what I thought it could be. Ilook forward to the next movie, and may actually go back and give thisone another chance, to see if maybe I misjudged it the first timearound. Sometimes Muppet movies are like that… they take a secondviewing to really appreciate the more subtle humor elements, catch someof the sight gags you might have missed the first time around, etc.

    If any of you were planning to go this weekend, please don't be swayedby my review here to convince you otherwise. Go see it! And please comeback and tell me how wrong I am. I'd love that, more than anything.

  7. Mek Torres from Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines
    23 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    The Muppets of 2011 was a surprise, it is one of the rare throwbacksthat excellently lives up to the material which brings nostalgia to theold fans and potentially earns new ones from the current generation.That little film gives us faith to their upcoming films, and here itis, the latest sequel that once again delivers the same delight andenthusiasm. This quality is always a welcome, however the storylinedoesn't seem to offer anything new or say anything important. But noneof it will ever matter in the end, Muppets Most Wanted is quiteentertaining because that is what this material is always best at.

    This edition tries to be like any blockbuster today by pulling off abombastic and thrilling tone since it involves criminal schemes andexciting mysteries, but these aren't the most interesting parts thefilm has. Many can immediately notice it suffers finding fresher ideasfor the main plot, but those aren't exactly what we care for. It'sreally about being loyal to their thing: absurd humor, shining talents,and best of all, singing. The attempt of heightening things up isprobably for the film to fit in to this epic sized era of cinema. Butthe truth is the plot is really not as special as the quirks, the mostmemorable parts that end up to the storyline are either the Muppets'amusing naivety from Constantine's disguise as Kermit or the twoagents' ridiculous arguments about the size of their badges.

    While the classic stuff are kept, the only thing that was elevated isthe songs. Bret McKenzie gives the same joy of the last movie, the beatgoes from groovy to Broadway. Every musical set piece is justwonderfully enjoyable. The craft is nothing to talk about since they'realways neat, and the voices too have always been full of life. Thecelebrity cast seems like they're having a good time: Ricky Gervais iskind of just doing his own thing. Ty Burrell seems to be parodyingInspector Clouseau and it's quite fun, he has a delightful chemistrywith his Muppet partner, Sam the Eagle. People might only notice theaccent in Tina Fey, but she still made the character likable anyway.

    Muppets Most Wanted has the feeling for a TV Special worth orsomething, because definitely there is hardly anything grand about thefilm other than the spectacles, but it's really hard to say anythingbad to the Muppets since the spirit of the show is still there. Itssignificance is just too little compared to the last movie since thatone had a message why this show is so special. This sequel only existsprobably just to fit in, but then again it's still a very fun time atthe movies. New and old fans can appreciate every bit of it, becausenothing can entertain you like this than the Muppets.

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