Muppets most wanted! A sequel to the sequel that returned the Muppets to big screen glory! This go around James Bobin returns to direct and brings you all of you favorite Muppets (kind of) alongside Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey. Written by Nicholas Stoller and Bobin. If you’re not a fan of the Muppets by now this one is not the one that is going to win you over. There are a lot of clever moments, and it makes you chuckle here and there, but over all this one is much more aimed for the new generation of fans and children, and not as much nostalgia that we, the original generation of Muppets fans, will enjoy.
Muppets Most Wanted picks up literally directly after The Muppets ends, with the final few seconds of that one taking place. From here we get an amazing musical number about how sequels are never good but we are getting one anyway. The plot follows the Muppets getting a new Manager (Gervais) and going on a world tour. While overseas international criminal, and world’s most dangerous frog, Constantine, who bears a resemblance to the one and only Kermit the frog, breaks out of prison and switches places with Kermit. Kermit is locked away in a Siberian prison while Constantine and his “Number 2” (Gervais) travel with the Muppets pulling off heist around Europe. And it’s up to Walter, Animal, and Fozzy to find Kermit and save the Show!
This installment lacked the gags that Jason Segal brought to 2011’s The Muppets. It’s funny, and it’s cute and all film long you giggle at the jokes, but I feel this one was much more kid orientated with less for adults. The musical numbers are all great and catchy, especially Constantine and Gervais’ number. All the people in the film are very good, but they tended to take up too much of the story. I mean everyone loves Tina Fey, but she’s not the reason you wanted to see this movie. The Muppets are. And I feel they dwindled down a lot of the Muppets to cameos. Gonzo has about 4 minutes of screen time, and Rowlf about a minute, and Beaker maybe only 30 seconds. So you get my drift. At the same time I think the best part of this film was Ty Burrell and his interaction with Sam the Eagle. When they are on screen you will probably have the most fun in this film.
One thing that Muppet movies never let you down on is the cameos, and Most Wanted doesn’t disappoint there. You will have a lot of fun spotting all the cameos, they are really the only gags put in for adults. Let’s face it, children aren’t going to care that Ray Liotta is singing back up in a prison choir, or that Danny Trejo is Danny Trejo, or that Hit Girl and Loki both show up! But I had a blast with all these.
In the end Muppets Most Wanted is a good family film, not as much fun as past Muppets installments, but it is still good to take the kids too and enjoy some Muppet action. In the end I gave this one a Jeebus score of 3.7 with a .2 bonus for cameos, and .1 bonus for Muppets because I love them, bringing us to a score of 4, A Good Time at the Theater!