Plot: What’s it about?
As a child of the late 70’s and early 80’s, I’d forgotten that I was one of the fortunate ones that grew on on the Muppets. Yes, The Muppet Show, with its guest stars and comedy skits was something that I remember looking forward to and enjoying. Of course that was also the heyday of the Muppets and their movies were something that my mother took my brother and I to see. There’s been somewhat of a blackout period for Kermit and the gang, though, but this was remedied with their “reboot” back in 2001 with the self-titled film starring Jason Segal and Amy Adams. Now the Muppets are entertaining a new generation of kids (and adults…face it, you know you still love them) and with the success of The Muppets, we’re now presented with The Muppets Most Wanted. However if you (or your children) are new Kermit and company, it might be best if you check out The Muppets first. But I digress, let’s get to it, shall we?
After their revival and its success, the Muppets are approached by Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervaise) with an offer for him to manage their tour. Unbeknownst to the gang, Dominic is in cahoots with the world’s most dangerous criminal, Constantine, a dead-ringer for Kermit the Frog. After escaping from prison, Constantine is now leading the Muppets and they’re filling concert halls. But it seems that concurrent with these performances, robberies are also taking place. Sam the Eagle and Inspector Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell) investigate the robberies, all the while ending up one step behind. Constantine’s ultimate goal is, of course, to get the Crown Jewels in London. Will Constantine and his No. 2, Dominic, get away with it or will their plan be foiled?
I’d enjoyed 2011’s The Muppets, so I was looking forward to seeing this sequel (and they manage to poke fun at themselves in the film) and I wasn’t at all disappointed. In fact, I’d say that I had several laugh out loud moments which I wasn’t really expecting. I don’t seem to remember these films being this quirky, but the three human stars: Ricky Gervaise, Ty Burrell and Tiny Fey really do help carry the film. I’d forgotten how the entire Muppet troupe interacted as a whole and how much fun it was to see the different personalities. Whatever your taste, there’s more likely than not a Muppet for you. While not the financial powerhouse of its predecessor, The Muppets Most Wanted did manage to make back its budget and if you can’t tell, I’m more a fan of this one than the former. At any rate, if you’ve seen a Muppet film then you’ll know what to expect and if not, this one does deliver the goods.
Video: How’s it look?
The Muppets Most Wanted lands on Blu-ray looking just as we’d expect – marvelous. The 1.78:1 AVC HD image is pristine, crisp and just oozes with detail. I’m always amazed at how much texture you can actually see on the Muppets’ faces and torso’s and contrast this with the human actors, it’s a sight to behold. Colors are bold and bright, black levels are rock solid and despite a few scenes that seemed a bit on the soft side, I found nothing to detract from this otherwise perfect transfer. This is an other fine effort from Disney and viewers will surely be satisfied.
Audio: How’s it sound?
Lest we forget, the Muppet movies always belt out the tunes. That said, the DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack does a fine job at conveying those songs into aural pleasure. The surrounds were surprisingly active during the film, the front stage was busy as well and I think I even heard the LFE get involved a time or two. Vocals, both human and Muppet, are rock solid during spoken dialogue and during the songs. A nice effort.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This “Unnecessarily Extended” Edition of the film has two cuts and a few extras of note. Let’s dive in.
- Unnecessarily Extended Version – Running 9 minutes longer than the theatrical cut of the film (also included), I didn’t watch the theatrical cut by itself, so I don’t really know what was added for this cut. Still, it’s nice to have this extended cut of the film as an option.
- Statler and Waldorf’s Cut – Don’t get too excited, this runs about a minute and has our two favorite “critics” as they introduce their cut of the film.
- The Longer, Longest Blooper Reel in Muppets History – As the name suggests, this is just a very long blooper reel. And yes, you get to hear Ricky Gervaise laugh – a lot.
- Rizzo’s Biggest Fan – This is Rizzo the Rat writing an email (with a 80’s-ish computer monitor) demanding the next movie be about him.
- Music Video – “I’ll Get You What You Want” by Bret McKenzie
- Digital Copy