Muppets Most Wanted
Running Time: 1 hour 47 minutes
Now that the Muppets have successfully reunited, they are at a loss as to what their next move should be. Kermit and Company are approached by a fast-talking manager named Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) and sold on the idea of embarking on a world tour. Once on the road in Europe, Dominic helps his partner in crime Constantine (The World’s Most Dangerous Frog) take Kermit’s place in the show while Kermit gets thrown in jail. Constantine and Dominic are plotting to use the Muppet’s Tour as their cover while they rob different museums across Europe. Will any of the other Muppets realize that there is an impostor in their midst and rescue Kermit before Dominic and Constantine can steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London?
The best thing about any Muppets venture is that they will pull out all the stops to entertain you. You will get singing, dancing, puns, celebrity cameos, sight gags and a lesson to boot. In Muppets Most Wanted, not all of those parts are created equal, but some of them work terrifically. In particular, I thought the songs were really good. From the opening number on, the music was by far the strength of this movie. The Muppets also have the ability to get celebrities to set aside their vanity and just play. Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, Ray Liotta, Danny Trejo, Gervais and a whole host of others look like they are having the time of their lives in this movie and that feeling comes through the screen.
The only downside for me was the feeling that I may have out-grown the Muppets. The jokes were amusing, but rarely able to elicit an actual laugh and the overall experience of the movie never rises higher than merely pleasant. B-