“God Is Not Dead,” “Son of God,” “Noah”… there’s no shortage of movies now in the theatre designed to appeal to Christians. So why go see a movie like “Muppets Most Wanted”?
I asked that very question to myself, as I plunked down the money to see this, the latest installment of Muppets movies. Nevertheless, in search of some good, clean entertainment and a nostalgia-based affinity for the Muppets, I joined the crowd to see “Muppets Most Wanted.”
According to the Internet Movie Database, “While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into a European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.”
In our digitized age of computer generated images (CGI) in movies, there is something refreshing about using puppets. All of the beloved Muppet characters had their quirky personalities on display—Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, the Swedish Chef, as well as my personal favorites, Statler and Waldorf (the two grumpy old men critics).
There were cameos from celebrities throughout, some of whom I recognized and know a good amount about (Celine Dion, Josh Groban) and others I don’t (Lady Gaga and Sean Combs). The acting throughout the movie was humorous and believable. I am not a big fan of Tina Fey, but her role was spot on.
Though I did not have my children with me at this movie, I know many who did. Hollywood cannot resist putting in questionable language, in particular during one of the scenes in a Russian “gulag” the characters don’t watch their words, making it uncomfortable. One of my biggest complaints is the frequent use of the imitative phrase, “What the… [blank]?” I recognize they are not saying the whole phrase, but children pick up on this. Finally, though it was presenting in non-serious ways, there are love interests and some romance that could cause some children and families pause.
Without spoiling the plot, there is a wedding scene that takes place in a church setting. While many movies would have politicized the definition of marriage issue, Muppets did not take the low road. There is another scene in which the grim reaper is depicted. If children are present, these could provide springboards to discussions. The themes of loyalty, honesty and friendship are also present.
“Muppets Most Wanted” is by no means an instant classic. I thought it was 20 minutes too long and lacked some of the creativity we have seen in other Muppet films, including “A Muppet’s Christmas Carol.” That being said, the movie provides a couple hours of comic relief, through subtle humor, slapstick hijinks and some good, Muppet music. Parents, be sure to watch this before having the whole family tag along, but you can consider it for a movie rental or a trip to the theatre.
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
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