MUPPETS MOST WANTED:
WHILE NOT AS CHARMING AS ITS 2011 PREDECESSOR, IT’S JAM-PACKED WITH HILARIOUS GAGS AND JOKES!
By Nico Beland
Movie Review: A- (3 stars)
Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, and the colorful cast of Muppets in Muppets Most Wanted
IT’S TIME TO START THE REVIEW!
Time for more Muppet Domination in the highly anticipated sequel to the 2011 hit, The Muppets. Muppets Most Wanted, literally taking place right where the first movie left off is filled with a colorful cast of characters, heart, and overflowing with funny jokes and visual gags.
Everyone’s favorite Muppet characters are back such as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Walter, Swedish Chef, The Great Gonzo, Rizzo the Rat, Electric Mayhem, and so on.
The world’s greatest criminal and evil frog, Constantine has escaped from a maximum-security prison in Russia and switches places with Kermit the Frog. Shortly afterwards Kermit is thrown into the prison that Constantine broke out of, owned by Russian GULAG officer, Nadya (Tina Fey-30 Rock, Date Night).
Meanwhile Constantine (disguised as Kermit) and his aide, Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais-The Office UK, Derek) find the Muppets and go on tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting and well-known destinations such as Berlin, Madrid, Dublin, and London. However little do the Muppets know, Constantine and Dominic are plotting museum heists to steal the crown jewels in the Tower of London and becoming the world’s greatest criminals.
So it’s up to Walter, Fozzie Bear, Animal, and French Interpol inspector, Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell-Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Modern Family) to find Kermit, break him out of prison, and stop Constantine before it’s too late.
Overall Muppets Most Wanted is an entertaining sequel to The Muppets, the jokes are fresh and funny, the characters are just as likable as they were in earlier films, and a great caper inspired by two well-known Muppet films, The Great Muppet Caper and The Muppets Take Manhattan. Besides the Muppet cast, the human characters are also very likable and incredibly funny, Ricky Gervais, like Chris Cooper is hilarious as Dominic Badguy, Ty Burrell is painfully funny as Jean Pierre Napoleon, but the one who really steals the show is Tina Fey as the prison officer, Nadya, she’s a ton of fun and every time she’s on screen, there’s gonna be a huge laugh following.
Despite the fact I thought this sequel was good, I still prefer its predecessor a little more, I just thought it did a better job combining humor and heart, this one relied more on funny humor and not quite as charming as the first movie, but I liked them both fine. It’s always nice to see the Muppets on the big-screen and hopefully we’ll get some more theatrical Muppet fun with a third Muppets movie.
It’s not easy being green but it’s definitely easy to enjoy The Muppets.