“Muppets Most Wanted”
Three years ago, back in 2011, The Muppets gave a welcome return with their first theatrical film in more than 10 years for the new generation and, to put things lightly, it was absolutely what everyone was craving for. Muppets Most Wanted is the second installment in the new generation and while it doesn’t come even remotely close to the brilliance of its predecessor, it does pack enough funny jokes and fun songs to make up for its lack of the usual jolly Muppet joy we all fell in love with all over again.
Muppets Most Wanted is not for the unconverted. If you’re not already in love with the cute, little puppets, then don’t expect to walk out of this movie feeling any different. I feel as if that was what The Muppets was for and this was just a second installment into that world, which is not necessarily a good thing. It probably wasn’t their goal, although the movie did contain some jokes about how sequels are never as good as their predecessor’s, but I just felt like this newest Muppet caper was kind of lazy. The songs are as catchy as ever, but the joyous life that makes all the other Muppet films (not including Muppets from Space) so enjoyable isn’t all there and it’s kind of a bummer.
I said that this movie was not for the unconverted, and I will also say that it’s not exactly for adults either. I mean, it has a fair amount of jokes that pertain to adult interests and they can easily watch it and be entertained, but I feel like this attempt was more for the kids who just like to see fuzzy creatures jump around. The Muppets was a movie that adults could watch and absolutely love, that one was much more intelligent and maturely written; this installment doesn’t fully utilize the Muppets abilities to make people laugh, no matter what age.
I will admit, I am a Muppet mega-fan, so this review may be somewhat biased to the fact that I can’t find a reason why I would ever dislike one of these movies. They give off this grand and energetic energy that just can’t be ignored and the great, over-the-top performances by the actors involved makes it all the more entertaining. Jason Segel and Amy Adams take a break from this one and Rickey Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey are taking their place, and in quite a great manner, especially Burrell who plays a wacky Interpol agent who has to work with an American CIA agent who is also a large, blue eagle. Pretty great, right?
While the large amount of actors involved and the dozens of hilarious cameos do give the Muppets a unique charm, it’s the actual puppets that really excite the audience. Even though this movie was definitely not even close to their best, I just could not stop smiling throughout the entire running time. There’s just something about those lovable critters that makes me happy. Just seeing Kermit walk around the city as if he’s a normal person or when he’s giving his silly, scrunched up angry face makes me laugh out loud. They’re just so cute and the way they interact with the real world is absolutely genius. They each have their own unique personalities which is something that you have to give the writers props for.
Muppets Most Wanted is not one of the Muppet’s best, nor is it one of their worst. Muppets Most Wanted is just another exercise in the funny felt animal’s ability to hold the screen, and even with all the flaws, they do it pretty well. It has enough good jokes, clever pop-culture references, and wacky performances to maintain a level above our average family fair, but sadly, unlike The Muppet Movie, Muppets Take Manhattan, and, of course, The Muppets, this is one that will most likely be forgotten.