Muppets: Most Wanted (2014) – James Bobin

Every now and then, when I find things aren’t going as well as they could, a dose of nostalgia tends to help me get back on track.

One of the things I most love from my childhood, is The Muppets.

It doesn’t seem to matter how old I get, those bunch of lovable pieces of felt will always give me solace, and joy.

Consequently, yours truly was very eager to see the latest effort from Kermit and company, with Muppets: Most Wanted. It feels like a new take on the Great Muppet Caper, and for me, my company, and the rest of the audience (of which only a tiny percent were children, the rest were adults), it was filled with mirth and song, sight gags, and lots of great moments, and cameos, cameos, cameos.

Is the film perfect? By no means. But it was still a lot of fun. Picking up, literally, where the previous film ended, Kermit and his gang, now reunited are trying to figure out what to do next.

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Enter Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais), who suggests that they take their show on the road with a whirlwind world tour. Kermit is anxious about the idea at first, but the rest of the group, including Walter, Piggy and Fozzie seem to think this is a great idea. So, Kermit reluctantly agrees, and off they go to Berlin, Ireland, England… All via train, thanks to one of my favorite characters, Beauregard.

Dominic, however, is in league with the nefarious master criminal, Constantine, who, except for a mole on his face, is a dead ringer for Kermit.

Busting out of a Siberian Gulag, run by Nadya (Tina Fey), Constantine replaces Kermit, and our flippered friend is mistaken for the criminal, captured and sent to Russia, where he is tossed in with vicious inmates like Ray Liotta, Jemaine Clement, and Danny Trejo.

Constantine, meanwhile, playing his part as Kermit and maneuvering the company around the globe to perform heists with his Number Two, Dominic, promises to give the Muppets everything they want, including marrying Piggy!

Kermit begins to resign himself to the fact that not only aren’t his friends coming to rescue him, but that he may be in prison for a long time, so he agrees to help organize the yearly musical revue.

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Interpol and the CIA both become involved, with the European police agency being represented by Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell) and the American group by Sam the Eagle. An unlikely friendship between the two is formed even as Napoleon lords it over Sam with his work schedule and available time off.

While Constantine tries to get his performance as Kermit down, Fozzie, Animal (who knows the difference between a good and bad frog) and Walter learn whats really going on, and race to break Kermit out of prison, hopefully in time to save the day.

It’s innocent, goofy fun, filled with songs penned by Bret McKenzie, and honestly, was exactly what I needed. While it may not have all the same wonder and sense of fun as the previous movie, it still has lots of fun moments and I walked out of the theater satisfied, and longing for more Muppets now!! A new weekly half hour show with celebrity guests, sketches and musical numbers would be most welcome.

Hears to nostalgia and new and old friends.

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