Muppets Most Wanted

It’s been only three years since we’ve seen Kermit, Fozzie Bear, and Swedish Chef but its felt like forever. After watching The Muppets (2011), my love for Jim Henson’s creations was alive again. Jason Segel brought the passion and heart back in the beloved  puppet characters. I laughed and cheered as I witnessed the beautiful reunion of my childhood friends. I truly adored that film. Now director, James Bobin continues the Muppets story with, Muppets Most Wanted.

Steve Whitmire and Eric Jacobson in Muppets Most Wanted

Steve Whitmire and Eric Jacobson in Muppets Most Wanted

Kermit (Steve Whitmire) has been confused with the world’s most wanted frog, Constantine (Matt Vogel). After the mishap, Kermit ends up in a Russian prison with GULAG officer Nadya (Tina Fey). Constantine ends up leading the Muppets in their world tour led by Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais). Now, Kermit must escape and save his friends from Constantine!

As they openly admit in the opening song, “everyone knows the sequel is never quite as good.” Muppets Most Wanted was quite a let down for me. I’ve cared about these lovable characters since my childhood, and the 2011 just brought that kid out of me. Yet, this sequel seems not to care about these puppets as much as the previous film did. The movie is missing that dazzling spark. It lacked passion, it just came off like a sequel to cash in on. The movie’s plot was weak and uninteresting. It feels more like an afterthought that an actual thought out storyline. The editing is off at times, and the few mistakes with sound editing stand out more than some of the new characters in the series.

Muppets Most Wanted has its moments. The puppet character recreate some awesome movie scenes and reference a bunch of classics which is fun to see. There are some cameos that also might get a rise out of you but, when the movie all comes together… it just feels empty. Don’t get me wrong the songs are still catchy (not as catchy), the jokes are still funny (not as funny), and we get to spend nearly two hours with the Muppet gang. So, it’s not all bad. However, the lack of heart and passion is very apparent. So apparent, that the movie doesn’t put that big smile on your face. That’s why this movie is such a let down.

Though Muppets Most Wanted, is no where near as hilarious or heartfelt as The Muppets (2011), seeing the old gang is never a bad thing. However the one thing that should have been “most wanted” was the spark from the 2011 film.

2 out of 4 stars

-By Jacob R. Tiranno

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