At the Box Office: Muppets Most Wanted

"Muppets Most Wanted" hits the big screen today. Here's John Ary review of the new film.
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Kermit and the gang get back together for a big world tour. Muppets Most Wanted features plenty of good music, celebrity cameos and some good laughs. Unfortunately it's missing a little something.
At its core, this movie works well as a musical, with the characters bursting into song and dance almost every 10 minutes. Bret McKenzie, who wrote the music for the last Muppets film returns with a varied arrangement of toe tappers. The jokes come at a fast pace, most of them simple enough for a kid to understand and enjoy. After a while though, some of the punchlines get a bit redundant and the story begins to lose some steam. While it makes plenty of references to the Muppets movies that have come before it, "Muppets Most Wanted" lacks the magic of the originals. Jim Henson engineered the Muppets to
seamlessly interact with the real world using clever camera tricks and creativity. Computer graphics have spoiled some of that old movie magic in a way. While I like the new Muppet movie, it simply doesn't have the heart and soul of Henson's originals.

Also hitting theaters today, the latest book series to be brought to the big screen. "Diveregent" is a futuristic film set in Chicago about a young woman who is deemed dangerous, because she's different. This after she discovers a plot to kill all those who don't fit in with society. "Divergent" is rated PG-13 and based on the best selling book by Veronica Roth.


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