Walt Disney Studios MUPPETS MOST WANTED Review written by Sean Gerber March 20, 2014 The Muppets are back, doing a sequel, in Disney’s MUPPETS MOST WANTED. The film, which picks up immediately after 2011’s THE MUPPETS, follows Kermit and company on a world tour designed to strike while their career revival is hot. New human cast members join returning writer/director James Bobin for the ride as the Muppets deliver their trademark brand of self-aware, sometimes satirical humor. Jason Segel and Amy Adams are gone, but Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey step in to make sure this sequel doesn’t miss a single note. Gervais stars as Dominic Badguy, a second in command criminal posing as a talent manager. Badguy is the man who convinces the Muppets to go on a world tour with destinations that just so happen to be located near museums where priceless paintings and artifacts are stored. Gervais is understandably toned down for this PG adventure, but he still brings just enough dry wit and sarcasm to give the film some bite. He’s good as a criminal apprentice, but great as the sleazy business manager pulling the wool over the eyes of everyone except Kermit (voiced by Steve Whitmire). Gervais is having a lot of fun in this one and it shows. Badguy is in the employ of Constantine, a Kermit doppelganger who is also the world’s most dangerous frog. Voiced by Matt Vogel, Constantine is a rollicking addition as one Muppet who is not actually in on the self-aware jokes. Early in the film, Constantine swaps places with Kermit, posing as the latter so that he may join his #2, Badguy, for the robberies adjacent to Muppet tour stops. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but when Constantine tries on Kermit’s schtick, it’s the purest form of hilarity. Kermit suffers the downside of Constantine’s game of trading places, sent off to serve time in a Russian Gulag, where we meet Fey’s Nadya. Fey amuses with dual roles as the prison’s warden and den mother. She is helped by Jermaine Clement as the Prison King, Ray Liotta’s Big Papa, and Danny Trejo. One small miss in the film arises from Kermit’s delayed realization and emotional response to the fact that his friends allowed him to be replaced so easily, but it’s hard to see how dwelling on this point would have helped the film greatly. As Kermit comes to terms with his new life and performing troupe, the Muppets find themselves the target of the crack international detective duo of Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell) and Sam Eagle (Eric Jacobson). The investigative pair provide a series of laughs from their opening battle over badge size to Napoleon’s enviable work ethic. This is a Muppets movie, so celebrity cameos are fast, frequent, and funny. At this point, most or all of them are no longer a secret, but anyone not already aware of them is best served to save their revelations for the theater. MUPPETS MOST WANTED is all of the family fun it should be and then some. Its pacing keeps the laughs coming more frequently than its predecessor. It is an entertaining romp that proves doing a sequel was a worthwhile endeavor and the next one probably will be, too. MUPPETS MOST WANTED Review was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related Muppets Most Wanted 1 comment 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post Final THE AMAZING SPIDER- MAN 2 Trailer next post CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Review You may also like Disney Releases BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Teaser May 23, 2016 Cinderella review March 12, 2015 Disney Takes You To TOMORROWLAND In New... March 9, 2015 Emma Watson delights in Disney’s ‘Beauty and... January 9, 2017 Disney’s PETE’S DRAGON Is All About The... August 8, 2016 QUEEN OF KATWE Review September 23, 2016 New Clips And Featurette From Disney’s THE... March 28, 2016 Disney Premieres First Clip And New Website... March 23, 2016 Open Forum: CINDERELLA March 12, 2015 Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK Stuns With First... September 15, 2015 Robert Reineke Judging from the box office, it appears that it’s not connecting. Is this the last Muppets movie for awhile? Do they have to rebuild the brand through television? Are they still feeling the lack of Jim Henson as a guiding force with a vision? OK, the answer to the last question is, IMO, yes. While I still find the Muppets amusing, there’s a lot of nostalgia wrapped up with that and nostalgia means nothing to most of the kids who would be the target audience. They’re also no longer pushing the boundary of the possibilities of puppetry. Kermit riding a bike in the first movie was a big thing and they never try for anything like that any more. Disney has many positive aspects as a company, but it still is a corporate bureaucracy without individual vision. The Muppets need that spark, IMO.