Muppets Most Wanted
Director: James Bobin
Writer: James Bobin, Nicholas Stoller
Based on: Jim Henson‘s characters
Sequel to: The Muppets
Cast: Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey
Cameos by [put in camouflage so you can still be surprised by the people who show up, if you don’t know already. If you wanna be surprised, don’t read the tags, either]: Tony Bennett, Hugh Bonneville, Jemaine Clement, Sean Combs, Rob Corddry, Mackenzie Crook, Céline Dion, Lady Gaga, Zach Galifianakis, Josh Groban, Salma Hayek, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Hollander, Toby Jones, Frank Langella, Ray Liotta, James McAvoy, Chloë Grace Moretz, Usher Raymond, Miranda Richardson, Saoirse Ronan, Til Schweiger, Russell Tovey, Danny Trejo, Stanley Tucci, Christoph Waltz
After solving their problems in the last film, the Muppets hit a bit of a low. They don’t really know what they should do now. That’s when Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) shows up and proposes a world tour to them. Kermit is hesitant but the others are in love with the idea. But Badguy has ulterior motives – he is teamed up with the most evil frog in the world, Constantine. And for his plan to work, Constantine impersonates Kermit while banishing the real Kermit to a Russian gulag.
I think I liked Muppets Most Wanted a little better than the first Muppets film. Maybe I’m starting to have more of a connection to the Muppets themselves. (There are so many Muppets in this paragraph alone. Muppets. Muppets. Muppets.) Either way, there is not much of a quality difference between this one and the first one.
There’s only one thing I can say for sure that it wasn’t as good as in the first film and that’s that there was a lack of meta jokes. There were a few, of course, but just not as much as in the first film. Since that was my favorite part of the first one, it was a bit disappointing here.
Other than that, though I really enjoyed the film. I couldn’t possibly say whether the music in this one was better or the music in the first one. Either way, the songs were excellent. And of course, there were some wonderful cameos.
Some things didn’t work as well for me as they could have. I’m not totally in favor of making light of things like the gulag, for example and the entire thing struck me as extremely problematic. There’s also the general ickiness that surrounds Kermit’s and Miss Piggy’s relationship. It at least needs serious updating to get rid of the sexist tropes that are at its core.
But there were many enjoyable things about it. Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell were great, there were some amazing jokes and as I said, the music was just perfect. (Bret McKenzie, again, chapeau.) I had a wonderful time.