This past Saturday Hannah (my 4 year old) and I went on a daddy daughter date. First stop, a screening of the MUPPETS MOST WANTED. I wasn’t sure how she would react to the Muppets, she loves Elmo, although he isn’t in this movie. We also have not seen previous Muppet movies so it’s hard to judge a sequel! I talked to her about it on Friday, showed her the trailer and she said she was so excited to see Ms Piggy and Kermit. It was all she talked about, going to the movies with daddy on a special date!!
Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour. It starts in Berlin, then moves throughout Europe there is something unseemly going on! Madrid, London, Belfast, the Muppets are selling out everywhere but they are unwittingly entangled in an international crime spree headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic “Number Two” Badguy, portrayed by Ricky Gervais.
The movie is full of laughs from the opening credits (where they make fun of the sequel) to the opening song about the studio, it may talk over some younger kids heads at times, but moms and dads will still laughed. Kermit and Constantine are center stage in this movie, and Hannah didn’t like Constantine at all. The presence or absence of a facial mole is all it takes to dupe people that Constantine is Kermit, and vice versa, but the accent is a dead giveaway and that didn’t fool this 4 year old. Constantine was full of tricks and a few punches too. It wasn’t scary at all and was completely family friendly, no foul language, and not even a hint of sexual situations.
The music is what I’ll remember most from the movie, it was loaded with music, from the opening credits to the prison song where Tina Fey belts out her love for Kermit, if you love music or have kids that love musicals, this movie is for you. It had great themes of friendship, love and sacrifice. I thought it was great to see Hannah later say she likes that Kermit has friends.
I would warn you that Elmo isn’t in this movie, Hannah was a little disappointed about that, even after I told her he wasn’t there. I tried to explain to her that Elmo is a Sesame Street character not a muppet. But there is no reasoning with a 4 year old. I would say that kids 6-7 could really appreciate this movie. Hannah is 4 and while she liked it, she wasn’t glued to the screen like she was on Disney’s Frozen. (She probably would choose a princess over a Muppet every time, so that’s not a fair comparison).
I would give this a thumbs up overall. It was a good movie, it’s family friendly, funny, it made me laugh, and I enjoyed the hour and half show.
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Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted is in theaters March 21st.
Disclosure: This was a screening of the Muppets Most Wanted and I did not pay to see this movie.
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