By: Cynthia Ayala
The Muppets have returned! In The Muppets most wanted the band of friends go on a world tour. Does this movie live up to its predecessors or is it a disappointing flop? Read here to find out.
Directed by: James Bobin
Written by: Nicholas Stoller & James Bobin
Starring: Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell & Tina Fey
Muppet Performers: Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, Peter Linz, Louise Gold & Warrick Brownlow-Pike
Cameos: Tony Bennett, Hugh Bonneville, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jemaine Clement, Rob Corddry, Celine Dion, Dexter Fletcher, Lady Gaga, Zach Galifianakis, Josh Groban, Salma Hayek, Tom Hiddleston, Frank Langella, Ray Liotta, Ross Lynch, James McAvoy, Bridgit Mendler, Chloë Grace Moretz, Josh Pence, Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl, Miranda Richardson, Saoirse Ronan, Debby Ryan, Til Schweiger, Peter Serafinowicz, Danny Trejo, Stanley Tucci, Usher & Christoph Waltz
Genre: Comedy, Family
Disney’s ‘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 an international crime caper headed by Constantine-the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit-and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.
The Muppets Most Wanted is a great movie for fans of the Muppets, but sadly, while this is a perfect family film, the humor, jokes and nostalgia will be lost on the younger generation. This movie, while being a fun family film, really brings the Muppets together again with captivating and unique musical numbers. The song numbers were unique and more than worth watching the movie.
But this movie really isn’t for kids. That’s not to say that is in inappropriate in any sense, but the humor and the charm in the movie is mostly garnered towards the fans of the Muppets. This movie offers parents and grandparents who are fans of Jim Hensen to share something they grew up with, to share it with a younger generation.
The story was heartwarming and hilarious as it takes the Muppets around the world on their world tour. But then Kermit, dear Kermy is replaced by a duplicate and sent to prison under the identity of Constantine, the world’s number one criminal. Now Kermit is feeling lost and forgotten and the Muppets soon find themselves in disastrous circumstances. This movie is about family and finding your place among your friends, making it heartwarming and hilarious. ★★★☆ (A)