It’s a puppet! A true delight: Most Wanted

muppets-most-wanted-bannerSITTING down on a Monday afternoon in an empty theatre I wasn’t expecting too much from the Muppets. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Smart, self-aware and satirical, Most Wanted was a delight. The film is effectively a crime caper, and throughout many of the genre’s clichés are ridiculed in a way only the Muppets know how. The favourite of mine was the paring of CIA’s Sam the Eagle and Ty Burrell’s Interpol agent, as the buddy cops who clash at first but then begin to form a friendship. Although there are some hit and miss jokes, most of the film has a more solid humour, and the songs are extremely catchy and well done. The comedy ranges from the usual Muppet surrealism to clever satire on the film industry, and has plenty for both children and adults.

It was also refreshing to see just a touch of computer animation. Other recent comedy films seem to have used them for poor comedic effect, for example Anchorman 2’s ending fight scene isn’t even close to being as funny as its predecessor’s, and while Kermit’s facial expressions are obviously a hand being scrunched this just demonstrates how skilful the voice acting is for the Muppets in Most Wanted, as I was still drawn very much in to the storyline.

Ricky Gervais at first seemed to playing David Brent, which is a testament to how iconic the character is, however after his first musical number it was evident he was a perfect fit for the role of “Number Two”, and his performance showcases that he has a broader comedic talent, which can appeal to a much younger generation than his usual audience.

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I did enjoy all the performances from the Muppets. Kermit was back to his moral self and Miss Piggy showed a more sensitive side when she had a duet with Celion Dion, but Constantine almost stole the show. He is the complete parallel to Kermit; evil, manipulating and uncaring, but is also often hilarious and really can deliver a deadly Kung Fu kick if you get in his way.

There were many other famous faces popping up throughout, and it seems very fashionable to get a cameo in a Muppets film these days. James McAvoy was in the film for no longer than a few seconds and yet it seems he was thrilled to be there. This highlights the popularity and fashionably the Muppets have retained throughout the years, and yet the sharper side to some jokes and the inclusion of a more edgy comedian shows the Muppets know how to roll with the times while sticking with their roots to provide a clever, funny film which can appeal to almost any age.