I’ve never been a huge fan of the Muppets. Primarily I’ve enjoyed them from a distance but never went far beyond the pop culture references and occasional attempt at a Kermit voice. However, in 2011, when the reboot of The Muppets directed by James Bobin and starring Jason Segel & Amy Adams was released, I was intrigued. My wife and I are big fans of Jason Segal from How I Met Your Mother, and Amy Adams is almost always adorable, so I saw it and I loved it. It somehow captured the nostalgia of the original Muppets with the updated pop culture references that made it instantly relatable. The question is: can Muppets Most Wanted keep the magic alive? To a large degree the answer is yes.
Muppets Most Wanted is a fun, cameo-filled adventure through Europe with fun characters and witty banter throughout.
Muppets Most Wanted stars most of your favorite Muppets as well as Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Tina Fay (30 Rock), Ricky Gervais (The BBC Office), and several notable supporting roles. For a full cast list, check out the IMDB page.
Muppets Most Wanted for the most part follows the storyline of two Kermits, the real one and the fake one, known as “Constantine: the world’s most dangerous frog.” Constantine, Kermit with a mole and a Russian action, gets Kermit arrested and thrown into a Siberian Gulag while he runs wild with his number two Ricky Gervais as the leaders of the International Muppets Tour. Constantine was a crack up; this could be because his “Russian Kermit” reminded me of my friend Taylor’s fake Russian accent. Though it was hard to buy the fact that the Muppets would not recognize the thick accented frog for a fraud, it made for some entertaining banter. Ricky Gervais is always funny as the snarky sidekick to Constantine. Ty Burell, who is killing it in kids movies this month, is a charm as usual as the brilliant French Interpol agent. His back and forth with CIA Muppet Sam Eagle, though spoiled by the trailer, was hilarious and worth half the price of admission.
My favorite scenes in Muppets Most Wanted took place in the Siberian Gulag with guest appearances from Jermain Clement (Flight of the Conchords), Tom Hiddleston (Thor), and singer Josh Groban. The songs around the prison were catchy and the relationship that formed between Tina Fay and Kermit was believable and even sweet. Granted, I have an actress crush on Tina Fay, so perhaps I am smudge biased in this regard.
Spoiler Alert! The story works out as you would imagine. Kermit is returned, Constantine is re-imprisoned, and everyone lives happily ever after.
But, it’s the ride in between that makes Muppets Most Wanted worth your hard earned cash. With a 1 hour 52 minute playtime it is a little long, but for the most part I didn’t care. As I found myself checking my non-existent watch, I was quickly pulled back in by a new cameo, fun action sequence, or quick witty banter.
If you’re a fan of fun, childlike movies full of nostalgia, pop culture, and wit, you’ll love Muppets Most Wanted. If that’s not your thing, wait until DVD and check it out for a quarter of the price!