I snuck to a MUPPETATIONAL sneak preview screening of The Muppets Most Wanted.
By the end of the film I realised two things about myself:
1. I need more muppets in my life. 2. I would like there to be instances in real life where people just burst into song and choreographed dance numbers.
The Muppets Most Wanted is the sequel to 2011s The Muppets, you know, the one that won an Oscar for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song 'Man or Muppet' by Bret McKenzie. Most Wanted delivers another catchy soundtrack that worms its way into your head long after you've left the theatre.
That's not too much of a surprise (but Ricky Gervais's fancy footwork and vocals in the I'm Number One was!)
The movie is choc-filled with amazing cameo's to keep you smirking: Christoph Waltz, Salma Hayek, Lady Gaga, Ray Liotta, Chloe Moretz ...the list goes on!
Tina Fey and Ty Burrell stand out as the comedic gold in their roles of Nadya the Gulag prison warden, and Jean Pierre Napoleon the Interpol agent, respectively.
The film sees The Muppets taking on a world tour, showcasing their songs in their dream venues - Berlin, Madrid and Dublin. Unbeknownst to them, they are embroiled in a dastardly plan to steal precious jewels and Kermit is usurped by the Number One Most Wanted criminal, Evilen Froggen - Constantine!
With Kermit in a Gulag and not one but two most wanted criminals in charge of the muppets world tour, havoc inevitably ensues! But in a very entertaining fashion and in musical form. One of my favourite moments is the Gulag annual showcase in which the prisoners perform an infectiously catchy version of 'Working in the Coalmine'.
Can you tell I'll be singing these tunes for weeks to come?