WRITTEN BY: James Bobin, Nicholas Stoller
DIRECTED BY: James Bobin
STARRING: Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell
RATING: 2.5 stars
I have never been a huge fan of the Muppets so perhaps die hard fans will disagree with me here, but Muppets Most Wanted is a bland film. Aside from some fantastic cameos – none of which I will spoil here – the film is not all that funny and most of the songs drag as painfully as the slow-paced plot. I took my two young nephews with me to see the film and not even they were impressed.
Picking up immediately after its predecessor, Muppets Most Wanted sees Kermit, Miss Piggy and the team go on a world tour, guided by agent Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais). But he is not who he seems. It turns out he is working with Constantine – Kermit's doppelganger, who has escaped from a Russian prison run by Nadya (Tina Fey). Constantine and Kermit switch places and Kermit is sent to the prison, unbeknownst to his friends. Constantine and Dominic Badguy then work together on a heist, prompting an investigation by an Interpol agent (Ty Burrell) and the CIA.
Fey is simply amazing in this film. She was hilarious and was wonderfully supported by the likes of Ray Liotta and Danny Trejo who play inmates. Burrell is also a welcome addition and seems to channel his inner Pink Panther. Unfortunately, Gervais was not given much of an opportunity to be very funny. There was also too much Constantine when it would have been better to focus more attention on the other Muppets.
If you are a huge fan of the Muppets, you might enjoy this film. Otherwise, it is probably not worth your time.