Monday, August 4 2014, 04:18 PM MDT
Movie Review: Muppets Most Wanted
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: James Bobin
Starring: Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Musical, Crime
Recommended To: Kids, those that enjoyed 2011s revival and somewhat forgiving longtime fans.
Synopsis: Having reaffirmed their cultural importance the Muppets set out on a European tour with newly acquired tour manager Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais). Unbeknownst to the cast Kermit the Frog has been replaced by an evil look-alike who plans on using the group as a cover while he plots to steal the Crown Jewels.
Review: I liked 2011s The Muppets, but not nearly as much as I wanted to. There seemed to be too much of an emphasis on the human characters rather than the Muppets themselves. Muppets Most Wanted is more of the same with a plot that is somewhat reminiscent of The Great Muppet Caper. Bret McKenzie returns as principle songwriter and while he was able to pen some incredibly catchy tunes the first time around his songs here arent nearly as memorable. Of course not all is doom and gloom as the majority of the film works quite well and certainly doesnt send the franchise back into limbo. The film is very self-aware and liberally pokes fun at itself as well as acknowledging some of the criticism that was leveled toward The Muppets. Its still not as good as I wanted it to be, but Im hardly disappointed or disgusted. Id like to think the film does well enough to green light yet another film.
-Ryan Michael Painter