The Muppets Most Wanted
The Muppets were either a huge part of your child hood or they weren’t. They were doing quirky dry humor before it was even popular. So when The Muppets came out in 2011, it was an epic fun return for them that garnered a lot of attention, enough to warrant a sequel.
Most of the crew from the first film is back excluding Jason Segel with an all new story. The self awareness is still there and as soon as the original movie ends, the muppets start talking about what’s next and that’s how the sequel starts. It seemed like the next logical step. Even though Muppets Most Wanted is a fun film, it’s not as spectacular as its predecessor. It’s lacking a strong heartfelt story that the first one had. While The Muppets was about trying to be relevant, Most Wanted feels dated with its story. It’s a throwback to european caper films like The Pink Panther. Ty Burrell’s detective is very similar to Inspector Closeau but he’s such a parody of that type of character its actually hilarious. Ty Burrell plays the role to perfection. The other problem with the film as the first one was originally filled with strong human characters, the human characters just feel like live action version of The Muppets. It’s not a huge difference from the original Muppet films but felt like a mis step from the last film.
Just because the human characters weren’t as strong as the last film doesn’t mean that they were terrible here. The film is bolstered by cameos that are all funny, the prisoners are actually a joy to watch and pretty funny as well. I won’t say any names as it would ruin the fun from the surprise appearances. Tina Fey & Ricky Gervais & Ty Burrell are all hilarious. Ty Burrell is an eccentric bumbling european detective and Tina Fey is a russian prison warden. Her character felt the most pointless in the film but Tina Fey does provide laughs in her scenes. The only problem with her performance is her accent sounds too fake but her singing voice is magnificent. Out of all the human characters, Ricky Gervais’ number two is the most grounded. It’s absolutely hilarious how much Constantine berates Gervais who doesn’t want to be called number two anymore.
There are tons of pros to the film as well. Just because it suffers from the sequel shortcomings doesn’t make it any less of a good movie. The soundtrack is still very strong. The original soundtrack by Bret Mckenzie had more a Flight of the Conchords feel but there’s only one song on the new soundtrack that has that feel. The soundtrack for the Most Wanted feels more like a musical. The sad thing is, it’s not as long as the previous soundtrack. Standouts on the soundtrack are The Big House & I’ll Get You What You.
The outrageous dry humor of The Muppets is present. The recurring gags, the self awareness jokes are all great but the best new addition is the villain. He’s one of the best parts of film. Constantine is one of the more memorable villains for the Muppets or even Disney in general. Constantine provides many laughs & quotable lines. He might be the world’s dangerous criminal but he’s quite a goofball. His interactions with The Muppets in comparison to Kermit is so wrong that it leaves everyone confused. One of the recurring gags is Constantine’s accent and failed impersonation of Kermit, so when he breaks into song with his amazing singing voice it’s a riot. It becomes the Constantine’s main catch phrase for rest of the movie, I’ll get you what you want.
One of the complaints from the previous films was that certain Muppets were forgotten or ignored ,so in Most Wanted some of them come back in cameos or roles. Scooter gets a bigger role here, but we get a return from Sam The Eagle. The muppet who doesn’t associate himself with the Muppets. Kermit has his story with the prisoners, the muppets are dealing with Constantine & Number two and then you have Sam The Eagle & Ty Burrell, two inept detectives trying to figure out what’s going on. Bringing him back was an ingenious idea. Their banter is one of the higher points of the film.
Would I Recommend?
The Muppets Most Wanted might be as strong as the previous Muppets film but it has a lot going for it. Two spectacular villains, a new twist on the Piggy Kermit relationship, bigger roles for some Muppets, and consistent humor. It’s a great addition to the Muppet films even if it isn’t as good as the 2011 Muppets. 7/10