This Rotten Week: Predicting Divergent and Muppets Most Wanted Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2014-03-16 15:30:39discussion comments
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It isnít often that pieces of your childhood carry through your teen years and into adulthood. Showing up at stops along the way to remind you what it was like seeing characters through a younger version of yourself. But thatís the great thing about the Muppets. They are characters whose world changes and grows (as our world grows and changes) while they remain relatively the same. This is kind of a media phenomenon of sorts. Because of their puppet nature, they need not alter their personalities even a little. They can simply be reactive. The Muppets are the same as theyíve always been, itís the world around them thatís moved forward. I kind of love it. Thereís probably a deeper metaphor there.

Here's the official trailer for Muppetís Most Wanted in case you haven't seen it yet...



And now theyíre back, again for the second time in the last few years, reintroducing themselves for a new generation of kids and bringing a group of adults back to their childhood. James Bobin, who helmed the The Muppets (96%) a few years ago directs this latest caper. Bobin has also helped script some of the funnier shows to come around in recent years, Da Ali G Show and Flight of the Conchords. His latest looks like it has its moments (I got a few chuckles out of the trailer) and is jam-packed with star power. There are just a ton of big names in this production including Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Ray Liotta, Ty Burrell and a ton more. Everyone wanted in on the Muppet action I guess.

But critics havenít been over the moon about the movie. Through nine reviews itís only sporting a 67% on the Tomatometer. Itís still early in the game, but often youíre hoping the early reviewers are the most positive. The negative reviewers show a disjointed movie that lacked some of the creativity and complained that something was just missing from the production. This wasnít the majority mind you, but it stands to reason that it will trend more toward the middle as the week goes on. Either way, Iíll take it. The Muppets, for me, are a slice of childhood. One of the few things that donít change.
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