I’m not a Muppets fan, to be clear. I saw The Muppets with Jason Segel and Amy Adams and I loved it. That is kind of the known fact about the Muppets. They kind of did a revamp when they made that film. People were claiming that if you never even liked the Muppets, that the movie would make you either fall in love for the first time or all over again. And I found this fact to be true. With brilliant songs like “Man or Muppet”, The Muppets sold me and made me fall in love with them. Now we get Muppets Most Wanted. We still have Nicholas Stoller on with a writing credit, but we are without Amy Adams and Jason Segel. They are replaced by new characters and a new plot, bringing in comedic geniuses Ricky Gervais (UK’s “The Office”) and Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) to take center stage. How did the sequel match up?
This review will be short and sweet because nothing about this movie screams complicated. So the story takes place immediately after the first movie and they jump right in with a clever song about how sequels never live up to the original (they usually don’t). It was funny and there were many funny moments to follow. But the real story is that a tour manager comes to Kermit by the name of Dominic Badguy (pronounced “Bad-gee”; it’s French) played by Ricky Gervais. He immediately seems like a sketchy character. Turns out he has a plan to replace Kermit with the most dangerous frog that goes by the name of Cosntantine, who just broke out of a Siberian gulag. This is the story. Constantine takes over and Kermit gets wrongly imprisoned by Tina Fey.
Yes, this movie has its cute moments and its funny moments, but they seem kind of half baked to me. In the first movie, there were dozens of super cheesy moments; but they were the good kind of cheesy. They made sense because that movie had a lot of heart. This one is just a sequel with only a little heart in comparison to the first one. Yes, it is very clever while making fun of itself at times and some of the moments did make me laugh every now and then. But, really, it isn’t the same. Jason Segel is missed. Not only his presence, but his writing too. Amy Adams not being there is also a downfall because she’s Amy Adams and I love her.
The best part of the movie by far is the partnership between the Interpol agent (played hilariously by Ty Burrell) and the blue Muppets-looking CIA agent. That brought the most laughs and Ty Burrell’s french accent was so hilarious and dead-on to a Pink-Panther style agent. Their back and forth was absolutely hilarious and reason enough to watch this movie. Even if you walk away not liking this movie, these two characters will have made you laugh.
This movie just seems kind of random. Like, “Hey how can we make a sequel and throw in a bunch of celebrities?” and the answer is Muppets Most Wanted. The way the celebrities were placed in this movie was weird. I know its a Muppets movie and it is supposed to be ridiculous and random but I couldn’t help but feel that they were just thrown into the movie in the most obvious ways. Although, Ray Liotta and Danny Trejo singing Boys II Men caught me off guard. The rest of them were kind of random. Like hey lets do a waltz with Christoph Waltz. I wasn’t a huge fan. Overall, this movie is funny and kind of sweet. It has its moments that made me chuckle. And even though the Kermit prison story dragged for far too long (nice Shawshank reference), the movie is enjoyable. But to me, it doesn’t even compare to the first film. It was very ridiculous and fun, but not so much more than that.
WHAT I LIKED:
+: Some of the songs were catchy
+: Ty Burrell’s french Interpol agent
+: Some sweet moments
+: Good fun
+: Funny plot
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:
-: The “gulag” story really dragged
-: Celebrities being thrown in random places
-: Not even close to the first movie
-: Not enough heart