Review: Muppets Most Wanted

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I was a huge fan of the first Muppet movie, and was so excited to see the sequel. Although it did not have Jason Segel and Amy Adams, it held up on its own with our favorite Muppets, and a whole new human cast.

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Director James Bobin and songwriter Bret McKenzie team up again to create a whole new story immediately following the first film. The Muppets must reinvent themselves…but how? Enter Dominic Badguy (it’s French for Badgee), played by Ricky Gervais, who wants to take the Muppets on a World Tour as their tour manager.

Of course Dominic’s intentions are revealed when his boss, Constantine (a Kermit doppelganger with a mole and also the world’s most wanted criminal), shows up and replaces Kermit on tour. Constantine slaps a mole on Kermit and has him arrested and sent to the scariest gulag in Serbia!

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There we meet the tough prison warden, Nadya (Tina Fey),and the prisoners in her keep which includes Jermaine Clement, Ray Liotta, and Danny Trejo. Known for their gangster bad guys roles, we see Clement, Liotta and Trejo comically singing and dancing to the many musical numbers in the film. Be prepared to fall out of your seat laughing during some of the scenes at the gulag. 

The main plot revolves around Constantine and his #2, Dominic, plotting to steal the Crown Jewels and using the Muppets World Tour as an excuse to rob the artifacts that will help them break into the Tower of London. After being successful in stealing some artifacts, it captures the attention of CIA agent Sam the Eagle and Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell). Although their work ethics are very different, they hilariously work together to solve the crime.

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Gervais, Fey and Burell stole the show in every scene they were in with their muppet counterparts. There weren’t very many memorable scenes that featured the muppets alone. Even Miss Piggy’s solo song was overshadowed by a guest star cameo who sang with her. I wished there were more muppets-only scenes that made me laugh as much as the human/muppet scenes.

This film is not just for kids, as Bobin tailored it for the new and older generation of Muppet fans. The music was a bit of a disappointment in terms of being stuck in your head. After watching the first film, several songs stayed with me afterward. In terms of the sequel, I can’t really remember the songs as much. It doesn’t mean there weren’t good songs, just not memorable ones.

Overall, the film was a hilarious adventure to watch. Was it better than the first film? Musically, no. In terms of the human/muppet interaction and the cameos, yes. This film had a lot more to offer. I had a smile for the entire duration of the film and would recommend this to anyone who loved the Muppets as much as I do.

Grade: B

Also be sure to check out NR writer Mark’s review for the film as well!

 

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