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Picking up moments after the last film’s finale, Muppets Most Wanted finds the gang being convinced to go on a world tour, where they soon find themselves embroiled in a jewel heist with Kermit look-a-like and criminal mastermind Constantine.
Sequels are never quite as good as the original, and the Muppets say so themselves in Most Wanted’s brilliantly clever and catchy opening number “We’re Doing a Sequel”.
However, I can’t help but think the Muppets sell themselves short with this song as I found Most Wanted to be a better installment than the original and one of the strongest entries in the Muppets series.
The reason it works so well for me is that it places the characters where they belong; a caper, where the chaos and absurdity of the Muppets can be let loose and the film has a much more anarchic feel to it than the last.
Whilst the songs here don’t quite live up to the standard set of “Man or Muppet” or “Life’s a Happy Song”, the laugh rate is considerably high and it had the whole audience bellowing with laughter from beginning to end, myself included.
Even as a fan of Ricky Gervais, I had doubts about him taking on the lead human role but he actually plays his character really well and despite one little reference, there’s no sign of David Brent to be found. He’s joined by Tina Fey and Ty Burrell, who equally impress in their all singing and all dancing roles, not to mention an abundance of cameos.
Muppets Most Wanted is a bright and silly film which has plenty to offer to both adults and children. Leaving the cinema I felt overjoyed and humming the various songs to myself, and as a 26 year old there’s a lot to be said about films that can still have that effect on me.