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Review Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

genre: comedy, musical

The Muppets was a comeback of the endearing puppets that was appealing to old and new. Jason Segel managed to write a script that was filled with clever jokes and nostalgia. It showed how you could bring new life into an old franchise. Naturally that made me look forward to Muppets Most Wanted. But I hate to say it, the magic that was returned is a little lost in this one. There still are enough typical Muppet antics to make you laugh but overall it missed something. The film makers were probably aware of this since literally the first song is about how sequels never measure up to the original.  So what went wrong? For one thing there aren't enough Muppets doing their thing. The one appeal that always made it worth watching was whatever the main plot was the Muppets always had their own little adventures going on. In this film there was not enough of it. Then the musical numbers. Literally every five minutes you had a song. Very forgettable ones and I think it was too much. It almost seemed like the director does not know why the Muppets are so loved. Then the plot. It was not as interesting as it could have been. A lot of more jokes could have been made for example for the fact that none of the Muppets had problems with Kermit's heavy Russian accent. And I feel that the cameo's were not properly used. I mean you have Ray Liotta and Danny Trejo singing and dancing and somehow that wasn't nearly as funny as it could have been. Maybe because you expect them to do more than just that. Overall there is still a charm to the Muppets. However it's a little disappointing especially compared to it's predecessor. 

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