Movie sequels are often disappointing, a fact cleverly referenced in the opening number of Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted”. Academy Award®-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie, can be confident making the joke, because “Muppets Most Wanted” is even better than its genial predecessor, 2011’s “The Muppet Movie”.
The clever, comedy-crime caper takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in a dastardly plot headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal, who happens to be a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed with wicked glee by Ricky Gervais.
The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon along with a gaggle of A-List celebrity cameos. Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” is directed by James Bobin and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Bobin co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller, who is also executive producer with John G. Scotti.
Part of the Muppet’s success has always been their ability to appeal to grown-ups and kids alike, and “Most Wanted” doesn’t disappoint, with a delightful mix of smart, silly, satire and slapstick that will delight viewers of every age.
The Bottom Line: “Muppets Most Wanted” is an absolute joy, well worth watching in 3D. The young ones will beg you to buy the DVD when it comes out, and they will play it endlessly. I have a feeling you won’t mind a bit.
1 hr. 52 minutes, Rating PG