Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Muppets Most Wanted Review - 3 Stars

The Muppets live on — even as I sadly note the passing of the original Hensons — Jim and Jane — who created them.  The Disney reboot captures the fun of the franchise and sticks to the winning formula:  lots of jokes, funny musical numbers, and big name guest stars.  Those big names in this episode include Ricky Gervais, and Tina Fey — both of whom have some wonderful moments.  The plot involves a Russian Kermit look-alike — the most sinister criminal in the world — who takes the troop on a world tour for nefarious reasons — maybe you won’t mind if I reveal that he and Gervais want to steal the Crown Jewels.   So we have good Kermit and bad Kermit and plenty of encounters with Miss Piggy and a zillion celebrity cameos including Christoph Waltz, Ray Liotta, Frank Langella, Tony Bennett, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Sean Combs, Salma Hayek and even Zach Galifianakis.   The result is great fun.  Does it deliver what it promises?  The Muppets and a winning formula.  Is it entertaining?  Can’t miss.  Is it worth the price of admission?  Great for kids and their family.