Muppets Most Wanted (U)

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Comedy

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Thu Mar 13

‘Everybody knows that the sequel’s never quite as good,’ sing our furry friends during the opening number of a film with much to live up to after 2011’s terrific reboot, ‘The Muppets’. This self-deprecating gag proves to be self-fulfilling. The plot of ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ concerns a Muppet world tour run by new manager Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais), during which Kermit is replaced by an evil doppleganger called Constantine. Meanwhile, Kermit is mistaken for Constantine and imprisoned in a Russian prison camp run by Nadya (Tina Fey). A pair of Interpol agents (Ty Burrell and muppet Sam The Eagle) investigate.

But, story aside, this is about the gags, songs and then more gags. On the upside, the jokes are great: the usual jolly mix of character humour, situation comedy, farce, satire and wordplay. From Miss Piggy’s vanity to Fozzie’s naivety, the Muppets are everything you’d expect, although they’re slightly elbowed out of the way by the real people, and with varying results. Fey has one too many musical numbers but a good chemistry with Kermit – if such a thing is possible – and it’s fun to see the likes of Danny Trejo and Ray Liotta prancing round a gulag. There are decent cameos from Tom Hiddleston and Usher.

Yet ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ misses the genial charm of ‘The Muppets’ stars Amy Adams and Jason Segel (the latter is also notably absent from the writing credits). Gervais is way too camera-aware and consistently out-acted by his furry co-stars. Still, it’s easy to forgive and forget when there’s another cracking one-liner in the wings – and Miss Piggy’s costume changes are a show in themselves.

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Rated:

U

UK release:

Fri Mar 28, 2014

Duration:

113 mins

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Empire Leicester Square

Leicester Sq, London, WC2H 7NA Show map/details

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    Empire Leicester Square Leicester Sq
    London
    WC2H 7NA

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  • Sat Jul 26:

    • 11:00
  • Sun Jul 27:

    • 11:00

Clapham Picturehouse

76 Venn St, London, SW4 0AT Show map/details

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    Clapham Picturehouse 76 Venn St
    London
    SW4 0AT

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  • Sat Aug 2:

    • 11:45

Roof East

Level 8, Level 8, Stratford Multistorey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, London, E15 1XE Show map/details

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    Level 8
    Roof East Level 8, Stratford Multistorey Car Park, Great Eastern Way
    London
    E15 1XE

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  • Wed Jul 30:

    • 21:00
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    Stratford Picturehouse East London Salway Rd
    London
    E15 1BX

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  • Sat Aug 2:

    • 11:00

Direct Line Drive In

Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Prince Charles Drive, London, NW4 3FP Show map/details

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    Direct Line Drive In Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Prince Charles Drive
    London
    NW4 3FP

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  • Fri Aug 8:

    • 21:00

Empire Bromley

242 High Street, Bromley, BR1 1PQ Show map/details

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    Empire Bromley 242 High Street
    Bromley
    BR1 1PQ

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  • Sat Jul 26:

    • 09:00
    • 11:00
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    • 09:00
    • 11:00

Empire Sutton

St. Nicholas Centre, St. Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1AZ Show map/details

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    St. Nicholas Centre
    Empire Sutton St. Nicholas Way
    Sutton
    SM1 1AZ

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    • 11:00
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    • 11:00

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