Saturday, March 22, 2014
WE'RE DOING A SEQUEL: Part of what makes Muppets Most Wanted work so well is that they don't feel the need to follow up every plot thread from the reboot--Gary and Mary don't make an appearance (except in a split second clip of them from behind from the end of The Muppets), nor is the idea of "Muppet Studios" addressed. That said, pieces from the reboot remain--Walter continues to play a major role (and there is a great joke about how much time is devoted to Walter rather than other returning characters), and Bret McKenzie's songs remain a delight. However, the most interesting change is that this time, the Muppets themselves are clearly the main characters, while humans are reduced to supporting roles--it mostly works, and Gervais and Fey acquit themselves admirably on the song and dance front. (As do a couple of more unexpected folks in cameo roles.) It's been a long time since I've seen Great Muppet Caper, but I'd be interested to see how this plays in comparison to that one.
Posted by Matt at 10:25 PM