Directed by: James Bobin
For what it is worth, we still today feel that the first Muppet Movie was one of the funniest movies that we have ever seen (with the first hour being some of the funniest stuff you’ll ever want to see). Unfortunately, this most recent film wasn’t that. It starts off as if it were proceeding directly off the end of the last Muppet film. This film takes the entire Muppets gang on a world-wide tour, ostensibly selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid, and London. However, all is not quite as it seems as mayhem follows the Muppets once they get overseas, as they find themselves unknowingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine-the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit-and his dastardly sidekick Dominic.
Yep, the Muppets (who were far more relevant when they had a weekly TV show), are pulling the old Prince and the Pauper/Identical Twin shuffle, only the entire film suffers from something of an overall negative vibe. Kermit really “likes” (but doesn’t really want to marry) Miss Piggy, the “bad” Kermit — Constantine — is a Russian thug, Dominic Badguy (Gervais) is a mealy-mouth conman posing as a promoter that tricks the Muppets into the global tour so that he can meet up with Constantine so that they can steal the Crown Jewels of England.
Further, too much time was spent on the human guest stars and not enough time on the Muppets themselves. The songs were flat, the Muppets themselves were not nearly engaging enough, and well, the whole movie was something of a disappointment. We really hate to say it, but somewhere along the say Jim Henson’s creations have lost their charm, they seem to be more venial, and less engaging than we remember when our children were young. Now perhaps to kids they can’t tell the difference, but we can, and that’s just a shame.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews.