A few years ago, Jason Segel did us all a great service by bringing back Jim Henson's Muppets with his movie "The Muppets." It brought back the feeling of the original movie and went on to become a big hit. It was no surprise that a sequel was put in the works and that movie opens today, March 21: "Muppets Most Wanted." Like many of its predecessors, this is also a musical. The first number in the movie is about making a sequel and there is one line in there about how sequels are usually not as good as the previous movies. While that line may prepare you for a movie that will not be as good as the 2011 movie, it is actually the exact opposite. This movie surpasses the last one and may be the best Muppet movie to date since the original.
"Muppets Most Wanted" takes place where the last one left off... immediately! Right after the closing number of the last movie. The Muppets are unsure of what they should do next, but a sleek manager (Ricky Gervais) sets them up to capitalize on their regained famed by arranging for them to go on a grand world tour. The Muppets agree, but everywhere they perform, a major burglary takes place nearby. Plus, Kermit is not acting like himself. Meanwhile, in Siberia, the famous criminal, Constantine, has been recaptured. This criminal bears a striking resemblance to Kermit.
While the musical numbers in the last movie were hit or miss, all the ones in this movie are really good. There is a good variety of the kinds of numbers and they also often push the story forward. It doesn't matter if The Muppets are singing or if it’s one of the human characters; each one is a delight.
As is common in Muppet movies, there are a great number of cameos. In "Muppets Most Wanted", you will see perhaps the best line up they've had in a real long while. Besides Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey have supporting roles in the movie and it’s obvious both took great delight in their parts and it really shows on screen.
"Muppets Most Wanted" put together a real fun plot that will not only be entertaining for children, but adults as well. The movie has got a lot of laughs for everyone, but there are some adults who may get more than the kids. A number of themes get explored in this movie. The Muppets have always viewed themselves as a family, and that plot point gets touched on here. Plus, Kermit really finds himself in a predicament such that he has never been in before,.He begins to wonder how important he really is in the Muppet universe. The movie is not incredibly deep. This is a Muppet movie after all; but, it just goes a little deeper than one would expect.
It would have been easy for Disney to slap together another Muppet movie to cash in on the success of the last installment, but they wisely did not take that route. They brought back director, James Bobin, who also co-wrote this movie. It is obvious he cares a lot about this brand and it shows on screen making the perfect movie for the whole family to enjoy. It is rated PG for some mild action.