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“Muppets Most Wanted” Most Enjoyable

Harry Hamm
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The unique movie franchise of the Muppets, started by the late Jim Henson in the mid-1950s, was, according to Henson, “entertainment for everybody.” The great variety in the types of characters represented by the Muppets are a sign that Henson wanted to appeal to as many age groups as possible. He does that again in “Muppets Most Wanted.”

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The film is a type of movie musical with lots of original tunes. In fact, it begins with  a big production number  that’s a send-up of motion picture sequels.

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The makeshift story line has the Muppets regrouping to go on a world tour of international venues. They get a new manager, Dominic Badguy, (pronounced “Bagee”) who is cahoots with an infamous Russian frog named Constantine, who is a lookalike for Kermit. Badguy is played by Ricky Gervais. The plot is to put Kermit in a Russian prison in Siberia while Badguy and Constantine pull off a series of thefts of great art under the guise of being innocent Muppets doing their thing.

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Tina Fey plays Nadya, a Russian prison official who runs the facility where Kermit has been sent.

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There are a host of funny scenes and gag lines. Many well-known show biz types have cameos, including Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett. Ty Burrell is especially good as an Interpol agent who,  along with Sam the Eagle, show that the measure of a man is the size of his badge.

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“Muppets Most Wanted” is delightful. Wordplay, satire and character comedy all figure in, as they usually do with the Muppets. Perhaps we aren’t as charmed with the Muppets as we once were, but then again, somehow they always manage to bring out that part of our nature that longs for warm and fuzzy.

 

 

 

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