The new Muppets sequel, opening nationwide today, offers some interesting parallels to current events. No, Muppets Most Wanted doesn’t involve a disappearing airplane or the First Lady traveling to China.
Instead, the sequel features our felt and feathered friends traveling to Russia where they meet Kermit’s Russian doppelganger, an evil puppet named Constantine.
A columnist at Radio Free Europe compares the new film to current Russian-based headlines and compared the story’s key points to recent Russian headlines.
For example, Constantine’s English is far from perfect, much like how Vladimir Putin struggles with our language. The comparisons don’t end there.
Dominic [a sub-villian played by Ricky Gervais] could be mistaken for Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who has long been seen as subservient to Putin.Constantine: “[My plan is near completion,] ensuring that my name goes down in history as greatest thief of all time.”Dominic: “You mean ‘our names,’ right?”Constantine: “Of course. My name first, then — spacebar spacebar spacebar — your name.”
Contantine’s argument defending his grand and wicked scheme in the film can be compared to Putin’s rationale for annexing Crimea, the columnist argues–“to protect the local Russian population.”
Constantine: “Now you guys have all the freedom you want!”