Okay, a new Muppet Movie has come out Muppets Most Wanted. Is it as good as the 2011 movie? Well not necessarily, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. In fact it’s really good I definitely enjoyed it a lot, I definitely recommend seeing it, it’s just that I feel it’s not as good as it could be.
Let’s start off with the plot, the Muppets have decided to take The Muppet Show on a world tour lead by their new tour manager Dominic Badguy (“Bad-gee, it’s French”), however on the way an evil Kermit look-a-like named Constantine switches places with Kermit so that he can try to steal the crown jewels while Kermit is stuck in jail. There’s also a couple of subplots like Sam the Eagle and an Interpol agent investigating several robberies caused by Constantine, the Muppets trying to put on their world tour, Kermit in jail, Walter being suspicious of Constantine not thinking he’s Kermit, there’s a lot going on but it luckily it never feels like too much. In a way it’s almost like an episode ofThe Muppet Show where while there is a main plot there’s also several other little things going on. The film is also really really silly, up to the point where it’s almost Great Muppet Caper levels of silliness, heck the movie even features a scene with the Muppets breaking the fourth wall and sing a musical number about how they’re doing a sequel, and that’s not even the craziest thing that happens in this movie.
So you might be asking why don’t I like this movie as much as I liked the 2011 Muppet movie, all the classic Muppet elements seem to be there. Well this might sound odd, but I think it might be a little too silly. Now I wasn’t going intoMuppets Most Wanted expecting Shakespear, but what made The 2011 Muppet Movie so good was that it had a very emotional plot, all of the main characters in the film have an emotional arc, Kermit has to get the gang back together while also trying to patch things up with Miss Piggy, Walter has to make a choice about wether he wants to stay with the Muppets or go back with Gary, Gary and Mary have some relationship problems all while the Muppets are trying to save the studio. The Muppets might not have had as many subplots asMuppets Most Wanted does, but they take time for the stories they do have. Not to say Muppets Most Wanted doesn’t have any emotional moments, it’s just that I felt there could have been more in it.
Also this might be a nitpick, but I think there could have been more Muppets in this movie. I know Disney is focusing on reintroducing the classic Muppets, but I wanted to see more of Pepe, I wanted to see more of Rizzo, and while they’re in the movie their appearances are limited to a few cameos. Also I remember around the time this movie first started production it was announced that Disney got back puppeteer Louise Gold to reprise here role as Annie Sue Pig from The Muppet Show, and she does appear in the movie but she has no lines at all. Why bring back the character and the original performer if all you’re going to have her do is stand in the background?
Okay, now that’s out of the way is there anything I thought this movie did better than The Muppets? Well actually yes. First off I like the fact that this movie focuses more on, well, the Muppets. Gary and Mary were definitely entertaining characters but they definitely weren’t Muppets (Both figuratively and literally). While this movie does have human actors as supporting characters like Ricky Gervais as Dominic, Ty Burrell as the interpol agent, and Tina Fey as a prison guard (By the way all of them are fantastic in their roles), they never steal the spotlight from what a Muppet movie should focus on, the Muppets. Also I think the songs in the movie are actually a lot better than the ones in The Muppets. They’re really really good songs, I would say the soundtrack to this film is a definite buy, I still have some of the songs stuck in my head.
Now what else should I point out about this film, well the jokes are pretty funny, while the film might be really silly, it’s enjoyably silly. The puppeteering as in all Muppet movies is really good. There’s also some pretty good effects of this movie involving the puppets too (well with the exception of one cheap looking effect in the final musical number, but you can’t win them all).
So while in my opinion Muppets Most Wanted may not be the best Muppet movie it’s definitely far from the worst. I still had a lot of fun watching it and I left the theater with a big smile on my face. I’d say it’s definitely worth a trip to the theater.