“We’re doing a sequel, that’s what we do in Hollywood, and everybody knows that the sequel’s never quite as good” – a song from Muppets Most Wanted
Muppets Most Wanted follows 2011’s The Muppets, but lost most of the charm and feel-good fun that Jason Segel brought to the script and screen when he re-introduced the Muppets to the world.
It starts promisingly with another fabulous Brett McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords) song about the limits of doing a sequel. And then the film delivers on that very thing.
The actors don’t help the convoluted story about a world tour, espionage and a Kermit lookalike who’s a criminal mastermind.
Ricky Gervais seems uninspired by his uninspiring role and Tina Fey may laugh and enjoy her own performance as a prison guard, but no one else will.
Luckily Ty Burrell decided to bring something comedic to this movie and has a few funny moments with the Sam the Eagle and many of the Muppets that hint at what this movie should have been.
Simply put: Two kermits are not better than one. It’s always fun to see the Muppets, but I don’t see much fun here for the kids or adults.
Award potential: None of the songs will challenge the Man or Muppet Best Song Oscar win.
The ten buck review: Not worth ten bucks.