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    June 8, 2014


    The sequel to the well-received Jame Bobin’s “The Muppets” movie is right here; albeit without Jason Segel and Amy Adams to reprise their roles. It’s a shame but it seems like the gang has find themselves other human character to cling onto. Ricky Gervais, in one of the most ridiculous names give away ever and Tina Fey, in one of the hokiest characters ever for some help in their latest adventure that requires them to go around Europe.

    Muppets Most Wanted may have brisk the usual over-the-top and absurdness to drive the plot, but its sunny and cheerful materials are all that matter. After all, what is The Muppets without being goofy and ridiculous.

    It is unfortunate enough that it has to be not as delicate as the first relaunch back in 2011 but this sequel still does its job well enough after all. The opening number “We’re Doing a Sequel” is purposefully honest when the gang, tugged in the "golden tuxedos from Hollywood on a Broadway stage",  to warn you before hand that this may just not be as good as the first one. Indeed it is, The Muppets may have lost its charm when they are trying to offer a so-so caper heist drama to offset the missing elements from the first movie.

    If the first movie relies on appreciating the fondue of the nostalgia as brought in by Jason Segel's character and his best buddy, Walter, this sequel lingers around on some of the cliche aspects like friendship and trust. Despite having difficulty to bring it across the board, the story is still somewhat coherent, dun and the jokes are still working as it should have. But longer running time is made-up well with countless of cheesy, but absorbing musical numbers. The songs, once again written by the one half of Flight of the Concorde Brett McKenzie, are simply amazing and worth the loop on Spotify.

    In the end, Muppets Most Wanted is etched with the same hardcore of staple silliness, otherwise funny and colourful story elements to turn the plot wheel but may have suffer due to a so-so plot caper heist premise.

    Story: 3.5
    Casts: 3.5
    Cinematography: 4.0
    Effects: 4.0
    GREEN-TEA-O-METER: 14.2/20.0

    "Muppets Most Wanted" stars Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Ty Burell; presented by Walt Disney Pictures; directed by James Bobin from the screenplay by him and Nicholas Stoller. The movie is rated U and is released in Malaysia since April 24, 2014. The movie runs about 112 minutes.
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