Starring: The Muppets, Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell
Director: James Bobin
The Muppets are back! After their successful revival in 2011’s The Muppets, The Muppets decide to take the world by storm and go on the road with The Muppet Show. To aid The Muppets, they hire Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) [pronounced Badgi and means Good Man] to manage their tour. When Badguy insists The Muppets go on an international tour, all are ecstatic except for Kermit, who is beyond skeptical.
Things for The Muppets go smoothly on the tour until Kermit the Frog-lookalike Constantine, the world’s most dangerous frog and number 1 criminal, escapes from a Siberian Gulag (Russian SuperMax Prison) and plots with Dominic Badguy to steal the Crown Jewels. To set their plan in motion, Constantine and Badguy set up Kermit as Constantine, who gets sent to the Gulag, and frame The Muppets for multiple heists. With The Muppets unaware of Constantine’s switch and Kermit losing faith his friends will save him, is this the end of the show?
3 years since their last adventure with Jason Segal and Amy Adams, Kermit and the gang return in what turns out to be a less-than-stellar film. I wasn’t necessarily disappointed with Muppets Most Wanted, however I personally think that there could have been more done to take the latest Muppet sequel to a new height. The film starts off with an expected musical number, during which The Muppets acknowledge that they are in a sequel and that sequels usually aren’t as good as the first (good call, Muppets).
To be completely honest, there isn’t much, if anything to complain about. It is a perfectly fine movie, which delivered nothing less than what you would expect from a Muppet movie. My main issue was that the whole prison-themed plotline didn’t sit well with me. It’s one thing to throw in a Kermit imposter, however throwing the real Kermit into a Russian Gulag, however musical and playful, is a bit harsh for The Muppets.
Muppets Most Wanted‘s acting isn’t really mentionable. Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell, the three main human actors, are no different from their usual comedic selves (I do want to point out that Tina Fey has a fairly decent Russian accent). The movie, as can be expected, features many celebrity cameos from Tony Bennett, Sean P. Diddy Combs, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Zach Galifianakis, Josh Groban, Salma Hayek, Tom Hiddleston and many more. If you are any kind of fan of The Muppets, whether adult or child, Muppets Most Wanted is a film worth your time.
Rating: 6.5 of 10
Written by: Brian Leary
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