It's not often that the sequel to a hit movie is actually the seventh sequel to a hit movie but sometimes life is just funny that way. "Muppets Most Wanted" now on all major formats follows so many of the beats of the films that preceded it and it all works....well almost.
"Muppets Most Wanted" 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 the nefarious new tour manager (Ricky Gervais) and his boss, an international criminal mastermind who just happens to look a lot like the world's most famous frog.
This film essentially picks up where the last one left off and "Muppets Most Wanted" keeps the ride going and while it does lean on some of the gags and celebrity cameos a little too much it keeps the entertaining and classic formula alive and well thanks to the tried and true Muppet formula.
Director James Bobin reunites with co-writer Nicolas Stoller so the energy truly doesn't miss a beat as they craft an adventure that borrows some beats from some of the more iconic Muppet movies and it ultimately makes for a fun ride. Despite a narrative that draws it all out a little too long in order to accommodate an extra site gag or cram in an additional celebrity cameo, it's easily forgivable as the wit, the catchy songs and the fun are still there in spades and it never skimps on what makes these characters so incredibly magical to watch on the big screen.
It's not a story of any singular character as many of the Muppets get their moment in the spotlight as it unites so many different old characters inside this universe. Ricky Gervais plays it to the hilt as the henchman to the nefarious Constantine; the world's most dangerous frog who lets the Muppets run creatively amok while he executes his schemes. Tina Fey has fun as the frog loving Gulag commander directing the likes of Danny Trejo, Ray Liotta and Jermaine Clement in musical numbers and Ty Burrell is an absolute hoot as the Interpol agent on the trail of Constantine as he frames the Muppets with his nefarious plan. From beginning to end it is very much an ensemble piece and that really is what it should be at the end of the day because with the exception of maybe Kermit, the rest of the characters never quite work as well apart as they do together.
Despite never truly bringing anything new to the table, it was still a fun movie that without out a doubt will leave audiences satisfied with the end results but as "Muppets Most Wanted" warned us right at the beginning of this adventure, the sequels never quite live up to the original.
3 out of 5 stars.
Picture and sound quality on the Blu-Ray are top notch and along with a digital copy of the film this combo pack release comes with three different cuts of the film, the theatrical, the unnecessarily extended cut and the special Waldorf and Stadler cut, the LONGER, LONGEST blooper reel in Muppet history, a message from a "fan" who wants more screen time for his favorite Muppet and a music video.
"Muppets Most Wanted" is now available on DVD, Blu-Ray, Digital Download and On Demand from all major retailers and providers.