The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

Muppets Do It Again

Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) and the Muppets. Photos: Disney
MOVIE REVIEWI swear that no one was happier to see The Muppets back on the big screen then me when Jason Segel’s version of The Muppets came to theaters in 2011. Especially after Disney produced one of the worst TV movies featuring the furry bunch. (The Muppets Wizard of Oz anyone?) Segel’s script brought back the warm and fuzzy feeling one got when watching the older movies or even The Muppet Show reruns. The film had a great balance of sarcasm and heart. Was it fluke? Would The Muppets be a one hit wonder or could they do it again?

This weekend, audiences will be treated to the long-awaited sequel, Muppets Most Wanted and why it may have some doubters, it is even better than the first. As with the first, Disney didn’t rush to get the movie made. It is obvious that they took their time to get everything just right.

Muppets Most Wanted literally begins where The Muppets left off – as in, what happens after the closing credits. Why, they do a sequel starting with the “sequel song.”

Now that The Muppets are big again, they get talked into doing a world tour with Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) who, unbeknownst to them is actually working with Constantine, the world’s number one criminal and evil frog. Constantine looks just like Kermit except for a mole on his face. His plan is to switch places with Kermit and send our hero to a Russian prison while he and Dominic (Number Two) steal precious jewels from around the world.

Along for the ride is Tina Fey as Nadya, a prison guard and Modern Family’s Ty Burrell as Interpol Agent, Jean Pierre Napoleon. Plus, in typical Muppet style, the movie is full of cameos that adults will appreciate more than the kids.

Boys might enjoy this movie more than girls. The first one focused on friendship, family and romance while this one focuses on a crime adventure…and friendship. The first movie was sweet, but this one is really funny. The music in Most Wanted is better too featuring more original songs that you’ll be humming on the way out of the theater, giving you a reason to want to buy the soundtrack.

Gervais, Fey and Burrell do not disappoint either. They work so well with the Muppets that you will wonder if they aren’t really Muppets themselves. Both Gervais and Fey have their own song numbers filled with wit. The person who came up with the idea to have Burell team up the Sam the Eagle is a genius.

Ironically, Muppets Most Wanted received a PG rating for “some mild action” which is so mild, that no parent should be concerned. And unlike the first movie, no fart shoes.


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