Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
Release Date: March 21, 2014
Cast: Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, Peter Linz, and ALL THE CAMEOS!
Director: James Bobin
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Genre(s): Comedy, Adventure, Musical
Review Spoilers: Low
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“Muppets Most Wanted” continues right where “The Muppets” left off. The fireworks go off you see The End and they’re back to singing about making another movie. They make a joking stab at Hollywood saying that the sequel is never as good as the first. Right off the bat they diss sequels and that elicits laughs from the audience. The Muppets are now out of a job and they need to find something to do. In comes Ricky Gervais’s Dominic Badguy (pronounced ‘baa-gee’…it’s French, duh). He’s one shady mo-fo offering The Muppets a world tour, which is really an elaborate cover-up so Dominic and his partner can pull off the biggest heist ever! The plot thickens…sort of, because on the other side of the world there’s a gulag in Sibera that houses the most dangerous criminal ever….Constantine the frog (voiced by Matt Vogel). And what do you know, Constantine escapes and who is his partner in crime? You guessed it, Dominic Bad-Guy.
Kermit (voiced by Steve Whitmire) and Constantine look the same except for a brown mole on Constantine’s cheek (and his crazy Russian? accent). Once the Muppets are in Berlin, Dominic begins to sieze power from Kermit, winning favor by giving the other Muppets whatever they want (ludicrous or not). On Dominic’s suggestion Kermit goes for a walk alone… and comes face-to-face with Constantine. Constantine paints his mole green and acts like Kermit… poorly and Kermit goes to the gulag in his place.
Thefts start mysteriously following the Muppets World Tour. A detective from Interpol, Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell) and Sam the Eagle from CIA (voiced by Eric Jacobson) are put on the case. These two are hilarious together. They are constantly trying to one up each other and their chemistry is great. The not-so-subtle jabs on European work hours are entertaining.
One of the best parts about “Muppets Most Wanted” are all the cameos. Oh my god. Almost every scene had one and while they usually didn’t add much depth to the scene, they kept with that long Muppet tradition. You see them, say “oh my god!” and then they’re gone; like a Where’s Waldo of actors.
Final Thoughts: “Muppets Most Wanted” will have you laughing from beginning to end. There are very catchy song numbers and great dances. The characters interacted fabulously with the humans because they wisely choose to avoid animations. The story line didn’t drag or seem too cliche, it was just fun. The last Muppets movie hit you in the feels and made you want to cry…this Muppets movie is all surprise and comedy. Stay for the after credits there are scenes!