MUPPETS MOST WANTED DVD (2014)
SYNOPSIS: Two Frogs! One Pig! Intrigue! Music! Mayhem! Muppets! There’s plenty of fun for the whole family as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal and the entire Muppets gang head out on a world tour. But mayhem follows the Muppets, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper. Now Kermit is behind bars at the mercy of prison warden Nadya (Tiny Fey), and the World’s Number One Criminal, Constantine – a dead ringer for Kermit – has taken his place. As Constantine and his dastardly sidekick Dominic (Ricky Gervais) plot the robbery of the century, they are pursued by Sam Eagle and Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell). Will Constantine get away with his nefarious scheme? Will Kermit escape in time to save the day? Packed with dozens of guest cameos, new songs and the most extended, most exclusive scenes not in theaters, Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted is the most hilarious, most wanted Muppet movie ever!
Muppets Most Wanted follows immediately after the events of The Muppets which served as sort of a reboot to the muppet series after an absence of twelve years.
Approached by an in-demand tour manager, Dominic Badguy (Rick Gervais), the muppets agree to go on a European tour. But what the muppets didn’t know is the world’s number one criminal Constantine and Badguy is in cahoots and the two plan to steal the Crown Jewels of England with the intention of pitting the crime on the unsuspecting muppets.
The movie is most of the time hilarious and has no problem being self-referential. Kids and adult Muppet fans will have a field day enjoying the children-friendly madcap antics and bizarre characters. There’s nothing like watching Kermit and Miss Piggy getting into a fight again over the issue of marriage and a Peter Sellers-like Interpol Agent Jean Pierre (Ty Burrell) and his partner, Sam Eagle fumbling at the crime scenes because this is a Muppet movie after all.
In addition, the numerous highly infectious musical numbers written by Academy Award winner, Bret McKenzie will win your hearts once more. Check out the duet by Celine Dion and Miss Piggy in “Something So Right” and Constantine/Ricky Gervais’s “I’m Number One”. Adding to the fun is the galore of cameos (some blink-and-you-miss) ranging from Lady Gaga to James McAvoy to Til Schweiger to Saoirse Ronan to Tom Hiddleston and many more.
Though Tina Fey is a hoot as a Russia prison guard, if one has to nitpick, Gervais as the main leading man failed to capture the magic writer and star Jason Segel and Amy Adams who is conspicuously absent from the sequel conjured. Some gags proved to be too long for it’s own good and a swifter pacing might improve things on the whole.
With present day kids being more familiar with Lightning McQueen than Kermit the Frog and Elsa more recognizable than Miss Piggy, the Muppets deserved more attention given their everlasting theme of friendship and brand of comedy is simply timeless.
The only extra is Bret McKenzie’s music video “I’ll Get You What You Want”.
Audio and visual is both splendid. Dialogue and music songs are well mixed and visually brimmed with excellent colours and details.
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Review by Linus Tee