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In the last decade or so, the great Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have become one of our most beloved and celebrated comedic actresses and duos. This great team has been close friends for 20 years after meeting at Chicago’s ImprovOlympic, but they first cemented their place in popular culture and TV history in 2004 when the duo became the first female co-anchors of “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night Live. That same year also proved to be productive for the both of them on the big screen.
Tina Fey wrote the screenplay for the Lindsay Lohan led Mean Girls, which also featured Poehler. Fast forward to a couple of years after they left SNL (Tina in 2006 and Amy in 2008), Fey and Poehler both went on to star in two of NBC’s most successful sitcoms of the 2000s, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation respectively. However, their friendship and comedy pairing continued in other projects. In 2008, they starred in the comedy, Baby Mamma, and more recently they hosted the Golden Globes three times from 2013-2015. Now, they are returning to the big screen once again in the comedy Sisters.
“This Is Where I Leave You”, which is based on the novel by Jonathan Tropper, follows four grown siblings returning to their childhood home after learning of their father’s passing. Once there, the family must participate in a Shiva, which will leave the siblings living under the same roof with their overbearing mother for one week. During this week-long grieving tradition, the Altman family begin to confront each other’s past, and ponder the what-ifs and maybes of life.
The film is an efficient dramatic comedy that focuses on the strong bonds and problems a family could possibly have. If you come from a family, which I assume most of you do, you will find something to relate to. That is the best quality this movie has to offer. Even though the Altman family is definitely a unique Jewish family facing unique problems and relationships, there are many universal characteristics that will simply make you think of your own family. Among the occasional funny moments, there are lovely sentimental moments that showcases the tender moments of life. “This Is Where I Leave You” leaves you wanting to spend time with you family, but probably not a week’s worth.
It’s been only three years since we’ve seen Kermit, Fozzie Bear, and Swedish Chef but its felt like forever. After watching The Muppets (2011), my love for Jim Henson’s creations was alive again. Jason Segel brought the passion and heart back in the beloved puppet characters. I laughed and cheered as I witnessed the beautiful reunion of my childhood friends. I truly adored that film. Now director, James Bobin continues the Muppets story with, Muppets Most Wanted.
Kermit (Steve Whitmire) has been confused with the world’s most wanted frog, Constantine (Matt Vogel). After the mishap, Kermit ends up in a Russian prison with GULAG officer Nadya (Tina Fey). Constantine ends up leading the Muppets in their world tour led by Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais). Now, Kermit must escape and save his friends from Constantine!
As they openly admit in the opening song, “everyone knows the sequel is never quite as good.” Muppets Most Wanted was quite a let down for me. I’ve cared about these lovable characters since my childhood, and the 2011 just brought that kid out of me. Yet, this sequel seems not to care about these puppets as much as the previous film did. The movie is missing that dazzling spark. It lacked passion, it just came off like a sequel to cash in on. The movie’s plot was weak and uninteresting. It feels more like an afterthought that an actual thought out storyline. The editing is off at times, and the few mistakes with sound editing stand out more than some of the new characters in the series.
Muppets Most Wanted has its moments. The puppet character recreate some awesome movie scenes and reference a bunch of classics which is fun to see. There are some cameos that also might get a rise out of you but, when the movie all comes together… it just feels empty. Don’t get me wrong the songs are still catchy (not as catchy), the jokes are still funny (not as funny), and we get to spend nearly two hours with the Muppet gang. So, it’s not all bad. However, the lack of heart and passion is very apparent. So apparent, that the movie doesn’t put that big smile on your face. That’s why this movie is such a let down.
Though Muppets Most Wanted, is no where near as hilarious or heartfelt as The Muppets (2011), seeing the old gang is never a bad thing. However the one thing that should have been “most wanted” was the spark from the 2011 film.
2 out of 4 stars
-By Jacob R. Tiranno