When Jason Segel convinced Disney to let him work on bringing The Muppets back to the big screen, no one was happier about that thought than I was. The fact that 2011’s ‘The Muppets’ was one of the best Muppet films ever was an even more amazing fact.
Bringing in a fresh human cast and introducing another brand new Muppet, ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ tries its hardest to bring a caper style film to audiences of all ages. The fact that it manages to succeed while also struggling at times is a perfect example of the greater impact of The Muppet franchise.
There were nods to previous Muppet outings, many funny lines, but at times the songs seemed to actually drag the film down, something you would not expect from anything with the Muppets, and something I hope can be fixed again in the future.
With The Muppets, you expect songs, silliness and sly jokes. We got all three of those in ‘Muppets Most Wanted’, but I will freely admit, at times it seemed to be a little off. I will also add that the Tina Fey Russian gulag character was completely pointless to the entire film. Take her out of the the film, and I think you would notice a significant uptake in overall quality.
In the end, ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ is a step down from ‘The Muppets’, but the 2011 film was near perfect and it was always going to be hard to match up to that with any subsequent film. If you are a fan of The Muppets, go see this film. The more people that see it, the more likely we are to have further films down the road.
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