Losing most of the magic instilled by the 2011 reboot of "The Muppets"… MoreLosing most of the magic instilled by the 2011 reboot of "The Muppets" and even with three years between productions, "Muppets Most Wanted" still feels like a lesser quality product with less humor and less soul. Do not get me wrong, I am entirely happy just to see the Muppets back in action on the big screen and will obviously take what I can get from every single one of the iconic characters. But where "The Muppets" had the competent 'let's get the band back together' story-line and a human cast boasting Jason Segal, Amy Adams, and Chris Cooper, "Muppets Most Wanted" takes a left turn as they take their show on the road to Europe, containing a human cast that I view as second tier actors with Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey. The Muppets do return to their caper roots, with Kermit being mistaken for the British criminal mastermind, Constantine, who looks exactly like Kermit except for a mole on his upper lip. With Kermit in a Russian prison and the gang unaware of the switch, Constantine and his follower Dominic Badguy (Gervais) steal precious jewels all along the Muppets' European Tour. With a lack of the musical number brilliance from "The Muppets" and a screenplay that barely goes through the motions, where Segal's passion project involved fans of all ages, "Muppets Most Wanted" feels oriented towards small children and no one else. Regardlessly, a second rate Muppets movie is better than no Muppets movie at all.
Complex emotions and deep meanings are Doremus' forte, both of which… MoreComplex emotions and deep meanings are Doremus' forte, both of which are highly prevalent in his latest film, "Breathe In", an emotionally challenging study of a family which faces its breaking point after welcoming a beautiful high school foreign exchange student into their home. There are no clear-cut answers as the complexity of human nature is put to the test. By the end of the film, none of the characters are particularly happy, but the emotions felt by the characters as well as the audience are so raw and intense that Doremus is basically capturing lightning in bottle. Nothing captivates me more than an intelligent director willing to make deeper connections.When you sit back and realize what each element means; Megan's jars, Lauren's swing set, the innocent game of Jenga, the true genius of Doremus shines through. Doremus is a director of subtly and profound emotion and to be able to deliver in such a passionate way speaks volumes about the sensitivity and vision of the man pulling the strings. With "Breathe In" proving to be every bit as solid as "Like Crazy", young director Drake Doremus is two for two.